On December 17, the Senate passed S. 1481, the Frank Melville Supportive Housing Investment Act by unanimous consent. The House of Representatives overwhelming passed its version of the bill, H.R. 1675, last year. The House is scheduled to vote on the Senate-passed measure today and President Obama is expected to sign it into law.
This groundbreaking legislation streamlines Section 811 processing requirements, removes outdated regulatory barriers, and transfers funding for the “mainstream” voucher program to the Section 8 voucher program. This legislation has been a high priority for chapters of The Arc and affiliates of UCP who develop and operate supportive housing. The Arc and UCP would like to extend our gratitude in particular to Ronald Cohen, CEO of UCP of Los Angeles, Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties and Tony Paulauski, Executive Director of The Arc of Illinois, for their advocacy. See their Congressional testimony at http://financialservices.house.gov/hearing110/cohen062008.pdf and