Waters Statement on Lack of New Funding to Address Homelessness in Appropriations Bill
Washington, DC, December 17, 2019
Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, issued the following statement:
“I am disappointed that the $1.3 trillion appropriations bill, H.R. 1865, does not contain any significant new funding to tackle the homelessness crisis. On a given night, nearly 60,000 people in Los Angeles County experience homelessness, and this is not a regional problem; it is a pressing crisis all over the country. There are over a half million people experiencing homelessness across the nation, and nearly 160,000 of them are children. We all have an obligation to make sure that people are not sleeping on the streets.
In August, Chairwoman Waters convened a field hearing in Los Angeles to examine the homelessness crisis.