HOPWA Formula Modernization Passes the House
Thanks to Your Amazing Advocacy!
On Tuesday, February 2 the House, unanimously by a vote of 427 to 0, adopted H.R. 3700, The Housing Opportunity through Modernization Act, including the Price-Aderholt Amendment providing for the long-awaited update to the HOPWA formula. Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), co-chair of the Congressional HIV/AIDS Caucus, noted the need to update the HOPWA formula in the opening debate. NAHC Executive Director Rusty Bennett watched the debate in the House Chamber. The rare floor debate on a housing bill was televised on C-SPAN. The bi-partisan legislation which emanated from the House Financial Services Committee Subcommittee on Housing was amended on the House floor with a provision sponsored by Rep. David Price (D-NC) and Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-AL), making three major changes:
- Switching from cumulative AIDS to living HIV/AIDS, making HOPWA comport with the Ryan White Care Act;
- Directing HUD to include housing costs and local poverty rates as formula factors;
- Gradually implementing the new formula in over 5 years and including a stop-loss provision to cap gains and losses at 10% and 5%.
Representative Price in presenting the amendment noted the support of the National AIDS Housing Coalition, AIDS United, The AIDS Institute and the National Low Income Housing Coalition. He described the impact of the current disparate geographic distribution of HOPWA dollars based on cumulative AIDS. Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), longtime HOPWA supporter and sponsor of numerous amendments to increase funding for the program spanning 20 years, spoke in opposition to the amendment, noted the potential for increased homelessness among people with HIV/AIDS by shifting scarce resources within the program and spoke with passion his continued support for the program and need for additional funding.
H.R. 3700 sets forth a number of reforms to the public housing program. NAHC will direct you to analyses of the measure as they become available. The measure now moves to the Senate where the Banking Committee Subcommittee on Housing is the Committee of jurisdiction.
Many thanks to Representatives Price and his staff as well as Rep. Aderholt and all the Congressional supporters of HIV/AIDS Housing! Please extend your appreciation to your own Representatives who supported the Price-Aderholt Amendment as well as the overall bill.
Thank you so much for your powerful advocacy on this important legislation!
NAHC will work to keep you updated as H.R. 3700 advances.
Thanks for all you do!