Archive for November, 2010

November 5, 2010

Are you an extremely low-income household or a household earning less than the federal poverty level or whichever is greater

On October 29, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) published a proposed rule governing the National Housing Trust Fund (NHTF) via the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants program.

The McKinney-Vento Act of 1987 is a United States federal law that provides federal money for a conditional funding act which means that the federal government gives grants to states and, in return, the grantee states are bound by the terms of the act.

Currently the act has been considered for revision in which certain amendments were made to compensate a reflective expression of the continual economic struggles that have been recently been witnessed by this nation as well as the homeless within.

Currently, a proposed condition of the law would require that, for the first year (upon approval of this considered amendment), 100 percent of NHTF dollars available for rental and homeownership housing be used for extremely low-income households or households earning less than the federal poverty level, whichever is greater.

Is this not the original intention of this law that was signed into approval by President Regan during his presidency?

It was the first significant federal legislative response to homelessness. However, with the consideration of current economic and financial handlings this nation has witnessed, the true intentions of this law have been seemingly over-looked.

Looking at Title 42, Chapter 119, Subchapter I, ยง 11301 of Laws that are to go in effect as of January 6, 1999 line 3 reads: the causes of homelessness are many and complex, and homeless individuals have diverse needs.

The current direction that the financial and economic committees are taking the people of this nation the act should have been enacted to deal with the increasing number of Americans that are becoming homeless. We do not need a census to bring us to an overall unanimous decision to move upon this law to deal with the increased number of homeless Americans. This law was enacted to consider an instant response to the increased number of targeted individuals within a state.

Knowing this, how are states handling the problem of increase homelessness and persons in need of assistance in the direction of rental or homeownership that be used for extremely low-income households or households earning less than the federal poverty level, whichever is greater?

Why are we as a union of concerned states just now coming to the conclusion that something needs to be done immediately to reflect a productive representation of this law?

We should make of state officials more aware of the increased numbers of those individuals that are in a clear line to receive support under the conditions of this landmark ethical law.