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.
- March 2013: Sent a letter to then-HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan advocating for an update to the Continuum of Care funding formula.
- November 2013: Sent a letter with Representatives Vargas (CA-51) and Davis (CA-53) asking for a comment period to update the funding formula.
- September 2014: Sent letter to HUD Secretary Castro advocating for a funding formula update.
- January 2015: Met, and advocated for an update to the funding formula, with Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs Chris O’Connor when Assistant Secretary O’Connor was in San Diego for the annual WeAllCount.
- February 2015: Call with officials from HUD and the Department of Veterans Affairs to discuss ending veterans homelessness and updating the outdated federal funding formula.
- May 2015: Met with Secretary Castro on Capitol Hill to discuss the funding formula disparity and to advocate for an update, and the chance for San Diego input on the process.
- June 2015: Had a call with Secretary Castro to continue advocating for an update to the funding formula.
- October 2015: During a visit to San Diego, Secretary Castro announced his intention to reopen public comment on the funding formula.
- February 2016: Sponsored an amendment to H.R. 3700 requiring the HUD Secretary to reopen the public comment period on the Continuum of Care funding formula.
- May 2016: Announced commitment from Secretary Castro to reopen public comment period on formula no later than June 21st.
- June 2016: Spoke with Secretary Castro about his plan to provide detailed approaches to replace the formula by mid-July.
- July 2016: Announced the opening of the public comment period on four potential replacements for the formula.
- August 2016: San Diego leaders announced how San Diego’s homeless service providers and elected leaders are working to make the best case for San Diego to get more of its fair share of federal homelessness dollars.
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.