|HUD No. 21-152
HUD Public Affairs
September 20, 2021
MAYOR QUINTON LUCAS, KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI, JOINS BIDEN-HARRIS ADMINISTRATION TO LAUNCH HOUSE AMERICA INITIATIVE TO ADDRESS HOMELESSNESS CRISIS
House America leverages American Rescue Plan and other federal resources to immediately re-house and build additional housing for people experiencing homelessness
WASHINGTON - Yesterday, Mayor Quinton Lucas, Kansas City, Missouri, joined U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Marcia L. Fudge, who serves as chair of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH), at a virtual event to launch House America: An All-Hands-On-Deck Effort to Address the Nation’s Homelessness Crisis.
House America is a national partnership in which HUD and USICH invite mayors, county leaders, Tribal nation leaders, and governors to use the historic investments provided through the American Rescue Plan to address the crisis of homelessness through a Housing First approach by immediately re-housing and building additional housing for people experiencing homelessness.
“A top priority must be working together to make sure that every American has a safe and stable home,” said Mayor Quinton Lucas. “I’m proud to join with Secretary Fudge on House America to ensure that Kansas City, Missouri leads the way in using American Rescue Plan resources to house people experiencing homelessness.”
House America is the federal government’s direct response to the crisis of homelessness, which was rising even before the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic. In March, HUD released its 2020 Annual Homeless Assessment Report Part 1 to Congress, which found that more than 580,000 people experienced homelessness in the United States on a single night in January 2020, prior to the pandemic.
COVID-19 has created greater urgency to address homelessness, given the heightened risks faced by people experiencing homelessness. At the same time, COVID-19 has slowed re-housing activities due to capacity issues and impacts on rental market vacancies.
Through the American Rescue Plan, Kansas City, Missouri received 164 emergency housing vouchers and $8,397,188 in HOME Investment Partnerships grants to help more residents obtain the safety of a stable home.
As a member of House America, Mayor Lucas will partner with HUD and USICH to use these American Rescue Plan resources to re-house households experiencing homelessness through a Housing First approach, and to add new units of affordable housing into the development pipeline by December 31, 2022.
To learn more about House America, visit: www.hud.gov/house_america.
For more information about the national span of this announcement, please visit: https://www.hud.gov/press/press_releases_media_advisories/HUD_No_21_152