Homeless Assistance Grant programs.

Dear Mr. Shaw:

Thank you for contacting me regarding homelessness. I share your concern for the estimated 3.5 million Americans who are homeless each year, and I believe we can make great strides toward fixing this urgent problem.

I voted for HR.1105, the Omnibus Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2009, which provided funding increases for many critical housing support programs, including the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grant program, which is the primary Federal funding source for local efforts to reduce chronic homelessness. I also voted for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act which provided additional funding for homelessness prevention and other housing programs. Please know that I will continue to champion housing programs during the fiscal year 2010 appropriations and budget process.

The fight against homelessness will require many components to succeed, from housing assistance to job training. Rest assured I will continue to work with my colleagues in the Senate to find workable solutions to this tragic, chronic problem.

Senator Bill Nelson

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