Federal, State and Local Policy Work

CSH works to integrate supportive housing into federal, state and local policies and funding. Staff across the country are engaged with policy work at different levels.

CSH Policy Recommendations to Congress for the FY 2022 Infrastructure Bill Budget

As Washington prepares to fund infrastructure at unprecedented levels, this is a critical moment to move U.S. housing policy away from crisis-based institutionalized settings to solutions proven to help people thrive.

Tell Congress to end needless institutionalization and fund supportive housing in the FY 2022 budget! Contact your Representative and ask them to approve -

  • An expansion of rental assistance by $180 billion to effectively end homelessness and make a significant down payment towards universal vouchers for all eligible households.
  • $45 billion for the National Housing Trust Fund; reserving $26 billion for permanent supportive housing for people experiencing homelessness.
  • $50 billion for Project-Based Rental Assistance to subsidize rent for families in supportive and affordable housing.
  • $70 billion to preserve public housing.
  • $35 billion for the HOME program to increase construction and rehabilitation of affordable housing.
  • $12 billion Capital Magnet Fund to finance affordable housing and community revitalization.
  • $10 billion for the Community Development Block Grant program to finance affordable housing and community revitalization.
  • $20 billion in new federal tax credits to spur investment in the construction of 500,000 affordable homes.
  • $400 Billion in Medicaid Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) to build the capacity of state and community-based health centers, pay for housing stabilization services, and improve compensation and working conditions for care workers.

Also, ask your Representative to support the Ending Homelessness Act, the Housing is Infrastructure Act, and enhancements to the Better Care Better Jobs Act which will make housing a right and end homelessness.

  • The Housing is Infrastructure Act of 2021 would address our national eviction and homelessness crises, increase access to homeownership, and support a robust recovery from the pandemic by creating jobs, addressing climate change, and improving housing stability for struggling households.
  • The Ending Homelessness Act of 2021 would end homelessness and significantly reduce poverty in America by transforming the Housing Choice Voucher program into a federal entitlement, so that every household who qualifies for assistance would receive it.
  • The Better Care Better Jobs Act as written now would --
    • Increase Medicaid funding for Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS)
    • Increase funding to improve administration and build program capacity
    • Make Money Follows the Person Rebalancing Demonstration permanent

The Act should be enhanced to include --

    • Housing stabilization services and related service coordination
    • Expanded eligibility to include people experiencing chronic homelessness and people in institutional settings outside of the health care system
    • Broader definition of “inpatient facility” that includes people in institutional settings outside of the health care system
    • Grant set-asides for building capacity of community-based care providers to participate in Medicaid HCBS
    • Exemptions from layering federal match for states with high rates of homelessness
    • Culturally competent service delivery
    • Inclusion of Administration for Children and Families and the US Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) in the proposed agency collaborative

Our Federal and State Policy Priorities

CSH urges Members of the federal Administration, Congress, Governors and state legislators, and community leaders to prioritize sound, cost-effective public policies that:

  • Preserve and increase key investments in housing programs
  • Expand investments in targeted interventions employing data and evidence-based solutions
  • Refine programs to spur innovation and increase flexibility, and transparency with accountability

We will be working with all Members of the Administration, Congress and state and local policymakers to promote legislation and actions that:

  • Preserve and Enhance Key Investments in Subsidized Rental Assistance and Low-income Housing
  • Enact Tax Reform and Financing to Expand Investment in Supportive Housing
  • Increase Flexibility and Funding for States and Counties to Embrace Keeping Families Together in Supportive Housing
  • Provide Flexibility and Incentives for Enhanced State Medicaid Services, Mental Health and Substance Use Investments
  • Ensure Health Coverage Continues for All Eligible Medicaid Recipients and Encourage Innovation
  • Expand Investments in Outcome-Based Financing Models and Tools
  • Support Investments that Advance Justice Reform, Especially for Youth

The Supportive Services Transformation Fund

CSH is leading a national effort to urge the President and Congress to create the Supportive Services Transformation Fund (SSTF). Click below to learn more and how you can help in this effort.