Status Summary

04/29/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.  (Updated 5/11/21)

Legislative Session

2021

Status

In Progress

Sponsor

Sen. Feinstein, Dianne

This act would amend the definition of homelessness that is currently used by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to verify eligibility for federal homeless assistance programs. Standardizing the definition of homelessness across government would allow children living in motels and staying with people other than their parents to be recognized by all federal agencies as homeless. The act would also ensure local nonprofits have the flexibility to use federal funds to employ housing agencies that best meet their communities' unique needs. HUD currently prioritizes certain housing models, restricting communities' eligibility for federal homeless asssistance programs that do not necessarily address local needs.