Reps. Royce, Waters, Stivers, Beatty Spearhead Bipartisan Effort to Streamline Homelessness Prevention Resources

WASHINGTON— Today, U.S. Representatives Ed Royce (R-CA), Maxine Waters (D-CA), Steve Stivers (R-OH), and Joyce Beatty (D-OH) released the following statements after introducing H.R. 5393, the Working Together to End Homelessness Act of 2018, bipartisan legislation to repeal the sunset date for the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH):

“Ending homelessness is a national priority that both sides of the aisle support,” said Rep. Royce (R-CA). “However, history has shown us that increasing federal dollars alone is not enough to solve this complex issue. USICH has demonstrated a successful track record of decreasing homelessness by coordinating across all levels of government, as well as with private sector partners, in order to maximize the impact of federal resources. This approach is an effective and efficient solution proven to help lift millions of Americans out of homelessness.”

“It is shameful that there are over 550,000 people experiencing homelessness in this country, including seniors, veterans, people with disabilities, and families with children,” said Ranking Member Waters (D-CA). “The U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) plays a critical role in addressing this national crisis and has a far-reaching impact as it coordinates with every level of government, and communities across the nation, to work toward ending homelessness.  I am pleased to join my colleagues in introducing this commonsense bill that will make USICH permanent and allow it to continue its important work. Currently, the law says USICH will have to shutter its doors if Congress doesn’t act to extend its authority each year. Ending homelessness in this country should be a top priority for Congress, as every American deserves a safe, decent and affordable place to call home.”

“We need to address homelessness in all populations, especially for all those who wore a uniform and our children. The U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) has made progress, but there is still work to be done,” Congressman Steve Stivers (R-OH) said. “This bill ensures the USICH will have the authority to continue working to end homelessness in our country. I am proud to work with Representatives Royce, Waters, and Beatty on this legislation.”

“Homelessness is not a Republican or Democratic issue,” said Rep. Beatty (D-OH). “That is why I am honored to join a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers in introducing the Upholding the National Commitment to End Homelessness Act. Together, we can ensure more Americans and families have a place to call ‘home sweet home.’”

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