April 01, 2020

HuffPost: Elizabeth Warren Wants $15.5 Billion To Help Homeless During Coronavirus Outbreak

The senator and former Democratic presidential candidate introduced her newest legislation to mitigate the effects of the outbreak on the most vulnerable.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) introduced a bill on Wednesday that would dramatically expand funding to protect people experiencing homelessness as the coronavirus pandemic makes its way across the country. 

The legislation, called the Public Health Emergency Shelter Act, was introduced in the House last month by Reps. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.). It would provide $15.5 billion for the Emergency Solutions Grant program under the Department of Housing and Urban Development, meant to “support direct engagement with individuals experiencing homelessness, shelter operation and services, rapid rehousing, and prevention services.”

That would include rehousing people experiencing homelessness into local hotels and motels and expanding shelter services to include those living on the street with no shelter. The bill would also increase funding for infectious disease training and hazard pay for workers on the frontlines providing health care and other volunteer services to homeless communities.


“There is an urgent need to expand the availability of emergency shelter, ensure access to soap, running water, and other safety needs, and support frontline workers providing critical support to individuals experiencing homelessness,” Warren said in a statement on Wednesday.


Read the full story on the HuffPost website here.

By:  Jenavieve Hatch
Source: HuffPost