Congressman Scott Peters

Representing the 52nd District of California

Housing and Homelessness

 

Advocating to Update the HUD Funding Formula


Since coming to Congress in 2013, I’ve been fighting to ensure San Diego receives its fair share of federal funding to address homelessness.  I first contacted HUD about the formula in March of 2013 after a report found that in 2012, despite having the third largest homeless population in the country, San Diego received the 18th highest level of federal homelessness funding.

Following the change in administrations, I sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development with other San Diego Representatives to request the status of their analysis of the Public Comment Period feedback.
 

Supporting San Diego’s Housing Market

As a federal legislator, Congressman Peters has worked to support the development of new housing units.  San Diego’s population is growing at a far greater rate than our supply of housing but there are ways that the federal government can help close this gap. I’m working to incentivize more housing development as well as efforts to improve access to homeownership.

  • Wrote an op-ed in the San Diego Union-Tribune about the unintended consequences that the California Environmental Quality Act has on the housing market, urging CEQA reform.
  • Opposed the GOP tax bill, which would hurt California’s ability to develop affordable housing.
  • Cosponsored the Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act, which increases consumer access to manufactured housing including mobile homes, for example).  Scott also helped pass this bill in the 114th Congress when it was before the House for a vote.

 

Expanding Access to Benefits and Care

As we work to find permanent housing for individuals experiencing homelessness, we also need to ensure they have supportive services. As a member of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, I’ve highlighted the unique challenges associated with veteran homelessness and the innovative ways San Diego is working to address them.

  • Participated in a committee hearing regarding the HUD-VASH rental assistance program for veterans and asked HUD what they are doing to address the gap between high housing costs and the value of vouchers veterans receive.
  • Sent a letter to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding the Hepatitis A outbreak, which affected many homelessness individuals, requesting all federal resources necessary to address the crisis.
  • Introduced the Shelter our Servicemembers (SOS) Act to provide elderly homeless veterans with stable housing and benefits
  • Introduced the Housing Assistance Efficiency Act to clarify a HUD regulation and permit private non-profits to administer rental assistance
  • Participate San Diego’s annual Point in Time Count (PITC) to get a snapshot unsheltered homeless individuals and assess the availability and quality of existing services.