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Is Funding to Prevent Homelessness a Priority for your Lawmakers?

  |  May 14, 2020

On May 12, Speaker Pelosi introduced H.R. 6800, the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act, or the HEROES Act, in the House of Representatives, 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. 

Members of Congress need to hear that people experiencing and at-risk of homelessness and homeless response organizations require this additional funding to address the needs created by the coronavirus pandemic, including preventing homelessness and housing instability through rental assistance and stemming the tide of evictions and foreclosures. 

The HEROES Act includes housing advocates’ three priorities but we need your help to make sure these are priorities for lawmakers!

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 [Representative or Senator ___________] to make sure that they prioritize people experiencing homelessness and those that serve them in the HEROES Act.
  • People experiencing homelessness are vulnerable to contracting and spreading the coronavirus.
  • The homeless response system needs:
    • At least $11.5 billion for Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG)
    • A national, uniform moratorium on evictions and foreclosures
    • $100 billion for Emergency Rental Assistance and Eviction Prevention
  • Can I count on [Representative or 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 HEROES Act as it is being negotiated?
  • Thank you for your time.