National CORE today lauded Congress for a historic first – federal funding for supportive services for low-income residents in federally assisted housing. National CORE also commended Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-CA) for his leadership in introducing legislation to authorize funding for supportive services and for securing this $2.5 million to demonstrate the efficacy of this initiative.
“National CORE commends Congress for recognizing that affordable housing should mean more than just housing low-income families – but should also help those families become self-sufficient, help seniors age in place, and help families with needs that contribute to poverty,” said Executive Vice President of National CORE, Mike Ruane. “We call on the next Congress to build on this historic step by authorizing a program for supportive services and ramping up funding for this critical activity.”
With the adoption of the year-end omnibus spending bill, the Labor HHS appropriations conference report included a $2.5 million initiative spearheaded by Rep. Aguilar for a demonstration program for grants to owners of federally assisted low-income housing to provide supportive services for such residents. Eligible services include family self-sufficiency, homeownership and literacy initiatives, care for the elderly and disabled, after-school programs for children and teenagers, and help with mental health, alcohol and addiction treatment.
“Throughout my time in Congress, I’ve fought hard to secure resources for affordable housing and homelessness, two of the biggest issues facing the Inland Empire,” said Rep. Pete Aguilar. “The $2.5 million I helped secure will help owners of affordable housing properties provide critical supportive services for their residents, giving families the tools they need to help build a better future.”
Consistent with previous years, HUD funding in the omnibus bill included approximately $200 million for services programs for low-income housing residents. However, none of these funds are designed to directly fund resident supportive services for the millions of non-public housing units that are federally assisted, such as tax credit properties, Section 8 properties and Housing Trust Fund properties.
As a result, the $2.5 million funding represents a historic first in directing funding for supportive services for residents in such federally assisted housing. Stakeholders will be urging Congress, which convenes on January 3rd, to enact broader authorizing legislation and dramatically boost this level.
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National CORE owns and operates over 80 properties nationwide with a strong commitment to transforming lives and communities by connecting residents with onsite supportive services the Hope through Housing Foundation provides. With the goal of breaking the generational cycle of poverty, Hope through Housing delivers youth development, family economic mobility, and senior health and wellness programs aimed at empowering individuals and families.