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Are Your Senators Housing HEROES?

Communities need federal resources to prevent homelessness and keep our most at-risk neighbors stably-housed.
  |  July 21, 2020

In May, the House of Representatives passed the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act, or the HEROES Act, which serves as a blueprint for the next round of federal stimulus funding. 

This bill provides nearly $3 trillion for an array of programs and sectors, including additional funding for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as well as for individuals, businesses, states, and local governments. 

This bill is now in the hands of the Senate.

The Senate returned to DC on July 20 with a commitment to negotiate and pass the next coronavirus relief funding package. These next two weeks are critically important for our advocacy to ensure our communities have the resources they need to stem the inflow into homelessness and keep our most at-risk neighbors stably-housed.

Ask your Senators to ensure these provisions are included in the next coronavirus funding bill:



Or place a quick call

You can use this sample script when calling your Senator and Representative. If you don’t get through, please leave a message.

  • Hi, my name is ___________ and I live in [city, state]. 
  • I am calling [Senator ___________] to make sure that they prioritize people experiencing homelessness and those that serve them in the next coronavirus funding bill.
  • People experiencing homelessness are vulnerable to contracting and spreading the coronavirus in [state].
  • The homeless response system needs:
    • A national, uniform moratorium on evictions and foreclosures
    • $100 billion for Emergency Rental Assistance and Eviction Prevention
    • At least $11.5 billion for Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG)
  • Can I count on [Senator ___________] to ensure that our homeless response organizations receive the funding they need to serve this vulnerable population?
  • And fight to keep these provisions in the next stimulus bill as it is being negotiated?
  • Thank you for your time. 



COVID-19 reaffirmed that everyone deserves a safe, permanent home and lawmakers have the tools to make this a reality – right now. Call upon your local, state, and federal lawmakers to ensure that our homeless response leaders have the resources, tools, and support they need to protect themselves, as well as those they serve. And work toward ending homelessness in your community.


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Built for Zero equips cities to create an operating system for ending homelessness. Mayors from Mesa, Arizona, and Bakersfield, California, shared their communities’ journeys on the path to ending homelessness as part of Built for Zero.
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We need your help to urge state and local governments to focus on allocating this new funding to protect people experiencing homelessness and homeless system response staff, and to limit inflow into health care and hospital systems.
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Lack of space for safe social distancing and not enough personal protective equipment are among the top concerns facing homeless service providers
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The CARES Act includes $12.4 billion for the Department of Housing and Urban Development as well as an injection of funding for individuals, businesses, states, and local governments.

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