People Assisting The Homeless (PATH) Statement on Build Back Better Stalled in Senate
California — “As one of the largest nonprofit homeless services providers in the most populous state in the nation, PATH vigorously supports increased federal investment in affordable housing and homelessness prevention. The Build Back Better Act, as passed by the U.S. House of Representatives, would constitute the biggest housing affordability and homelessness prevention bill in American history. Current complaints over the size of the package from some Senators appear to have halted the bill’s progress in the Senate, despite the immense and ever-deepening need for households in California and across the country.
We urge our elected leaders at every level to grapple with the human cost of the crisis left unaddressed by the federal government. Congressional leaders and President Biden must find a way forward on this bill, for the sake of millions of Americans and hundreds of thousands of Californians ringing in the new year in unaffordable homes – or shelters, tents, or sidewalks.
At the same time, the risk of Congressional failure is too real and too great for California’s State and local elected officials to rest assured. Our State budget is projected to run a historic surplus. Governor Newsom, State legislators, and leaders of our cities and counties should use that budget to prepare now to act where Congress won’t. We must commit those funds to double down on homelessness support and affordable housing production and preservation.”
– Jennifer Hark Dietz, PATH CEO
Founded in 1984, PATH is committed to ending homelessness for individuals, families, and communities in California. We do this by building affordable supportive housing and providing homeless services in more than 150 cities across the state. Our services support nearly 20 percent of the state’s population experiencing homelessness. Since 2013, PATH has helped more than 12,800 people move into permanent homes. More information at www.epath.org.
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