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house Bill H.R. 1047

Should Nonprofits Be Allowed To Offer Housing Assistance With Federal Funding?

Argument in favor

Currently, nonprofits are excluded from offering rental assistance through the Department of Housing and Urban Development's program, Continuum of Care (CoC). This bill would include nonprofits and increase the number of agencies trying to quickly re-house people experiencing homelessness.

heychrisfox's Opinion
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07/19/2015
Who can argue against aiding those who have the greatest need? Help the homeless any way possible.
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BTSundra's Opinion
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02/25/2016
Nonprofits should be allowed to offer housing assistance, I'm not exactly why they can't currently.
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AndrewGVN's Opinion
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04/29/2016
The government needs to eliminate welfare, and allow churches and private nonprofit organizations the right to help and support local people that need assistance, where have the times gone when churches and other organizations helped the poor, and not the government?
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Argument opposed

Government agencies are better equipped than nonprofits, with resources and funding to handle rental assistance applications and housing — especially if they don't have to share funding with nonprofits. HUD probably didn't exclude nonprofits from the Continuum of Care program on accident.

Robert's Opinion
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08/03/2015
Non-profits get tax breaks already and that's as far as it should go. They raise money in donations. If people want them to have more money, they should donate - not try to force the rest of us to pay them in our taxes.
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operaman's Opinion
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02/25/2016
In this case, Big Government through the use of Taxpayers money offers housing assistance for control over the less fortunate. Non-profits would be more evenhanded by in addition to housing but educational training. Non-profits would also not allow rampant drug selling or abuse as a condition to housing. They will offer a hand up and limited hand outs.
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06/21/2016
"Federal funds" are taxpayers' money. If I want to donate my money to a charitable organization, that is my business. Government has no business taking my money, or yours, and giving it away.
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What is House Bill H.R. 1047?

This bill would give private nonprofits the authority to offer permanent housing rental assistance. If implemented, nonprofits would join the ranks of state and local governments and public housing agencies that can offer housing rental assistance. This new authorization would be granted through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) program, Continuum of Care (CoC). 

CoC offers funding for efforts to quickly house homeless individuals and families to minimize trauma and dislocation. It also promotes access to mainstream programs and increases self-sufficiency among homeless individuals and families.

Impact

People who are seeking long-term rental assistance; non profits that would like to offer that service under the Continuum of Care Program; local and State governments and public housing agencies; and HUD.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 1047

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Scott Peters (D-CA) argued in a press release supporting a previous version of the bill that it would help alleviate homelessness:

"San Diego is blessed with quality homeless service providers who know best how to serve those in need. This bill removes a non-essential layer of red tape that will save money and allow people to get housing help more quickly. We shouldn’t be saddling the Department of Housing and Urban Development or our services providers with more administrative work that only slows down the process and doesn't add value. We must ensure that community experts at non-profits across the San Diego region are not hamstrung by federal inaction. I’m proud of the work being done in San Diego to end chronic homelessness and will continue to advocate for solutions like this one.”

Of Note: In 2013, new CoC regulations were outlined by HUD stating that only government entities would be allowed to offer rental assistance. The exclusion of nonprofits in rental assistance activities was the motivation behind the bill.

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AKA

Housing Assistance Efficiency Act

Official Title

To authorize private nonprofit organizations to administer permanent housing rental assistance provided through the Continuum of Care Program under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, and for other purposes.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
  • The house Passed July 14th, 2015
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Committee on Financial Services
    IntroducedFebruary 24th, 2015

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    Who can argue against aiding those who have the greatest need? Help the homeless any way possible.
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    In this case, Big Government through the use of Taxpayers money offers housing assistance for control over the less fortunate. Non-profits would be more evenhanded by in addition to housing but educational training. Non-profits would also not allow rampant drug selling or abuse as a condition to housing. They will offer a hand up and limited hand outs.
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    Non-profits get tax breaks already and that's as far as it should go. They raise money in donations. If people want them to have more money, they should donate - not try to force the rest of us to pay them in our taxes.
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    Nonprofits should be allowed to offer housing assistance, I'm not exactly why they can't currently.
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    "Federal funds" are taxpayers' money. If I want to donate my money to a charitable organization, that is my business. Government has no business taking my money, or yours, and giving it away.
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    No one should be homeless
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    The government needs to eliminate welfare, and allow churches and private nonprofit organizations the right to help and support local people that need assistance, where have the times gone when churches and other organizations helped the poor, and not the government?
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    This could take some of the load off of HUD personnel and possibly make more housing available.
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    There isn't enough affordable housing for the less fortunate. There needs to be more options available to house families and those who are homeless.
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    Let nonprofits do the work that they are set out to do. The more people that are willing to help, the better.
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    No, but the federal government should stop offering housing assistance let private groups do it all with their money
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    Absolutely not. If you have money to burn. PAY YPUR TAXES. Just my opinion
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    I'm totally in support of this bill. The current state and local housing administration are ineffective against curtailing homelessness. The more resources made available the better society is as a whole. We each have a social responsibility to ensure that veterans, families, women and children have a place to stay. If that simply means extending the same resources to new pathways then so be it. Because the truth is that many houses on state and local programs are available but aren't being processed for occupancy. Their wait list are too long. NPO can help get people of the street into stability.
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    This sounds like a reasonable solution using non-governmental partners that will know the local needs and how best to meet them. Don't like that there are is no financial data available to help me decide whether to support. I see, however, that the House passed it, so it must not seem so bad to all the "cut government spending" Republicans there!🤑
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    Let non-profits raise their own funds. The are more efficient and productive when not tied to government.
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    The poor need assistance and should be able to receive it from as many sources as possible, assuming the NGO's are carefully vetted.
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    In healthcare, first responders have access to all tools available to save and change lives. Social service agencies, non-profits, are equal to first responders in a medical crisis situation and should be afforded the same opportunity to help individuals who are in need, especially in terms of housing resources. Housing first models has proven to be effective in terms of lowering the mental health and substance use impact on vulnerable populations. Increasingly non profits are having to prove outcomes- give resources that can change outcomes for agencies and populations served alike.
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    Reduce red tape and regulations whenever possible. However - do not increase spending to cover "additional" costs. If non profits want to spend their money on this great, but do not ask for additional funds. We are 18 TRILLION in debt. We cannot afford new programs. We should be cutting programs. Stop spending!!! We should reduce taxes and reduce spending $2 for every tax dollar cut!
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    Think about who needs funding, and how that populace already utilizes their nonprofits to take advantage of communities. Does anyone think this money will actually go to those in need???
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    The government has proven that it can't handle money without waste. Only 30% of our tax dollars come back to the people. Non-Profit organizations are just that.
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