Services for Ending Long-Term Homelessness Act (HR 3272, 116th Congress)

Policy Details

Policy Details

Originating Entity
Last Action
Referred to Committee
Date of Last Action
Jun 13 2019
Congressional Session
116th Congress
Date Introduced
Jun 13 2019
Publication Date
Jun 19 2019

SciPol Summary

The Services for Ending Long-Term Homelessness Act (HR 3272, 116th Congress) was introduced by Representative Alcee Hastings (D-FL-20) on June 13, 2019. The Act calls for interagency action (i.e., the US Interagency Council on Homelessness) to develop strategies for supplying services to reduce rates of chronic homelessness. The Act particularly calls for action among some Department of Health and Human Services Agencies – including the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Health Resources and Services Administration, the Administration for Children and Families, and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services – the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Department of Labor, and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Primarily, the Act authorizes appropriations for grants to provide services including permanent housing and supportive services such as mental health services, substance use disorder services, and health education, among others.

According to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, on an individual night in 2018 approximately 553,000 individuals experienced homelessness in the US. SAMHSA provides resources on homelessness programs with the recognition that individuals with mental health or substance use concerns might need additional support to avoid or get out of homelessness.

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