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Investing in Our Communities with the Build Back Better ActFriday, October 29, 2021
“This is a huge opportunity to address the epidemic of houselessness and poverty within the communities that we serve at CCC. By investing into these communities, we would be able to reduce the number of unsheltered individuals living on the streets, increase safety and enhance the lives of the individuals who are often forgotten. Please consider investing into these communities.” Alexis Lawrence, Clinical Supervisor
Each year, CCC serves 13,000 people living throughout the Tri-County region impacted by homelessness. We deliver integrated primary and behavioral health care, supportive and affordable housing and employment services. Today, Congress can increase investments to support significant investments in these services.
The need is growing across our country. So should our ability to respond to and care for our communities.
CCC, alongside our national partners, supports the following critical investments in the Build Back Better Act:
National Association of Community Health Centers Community Health Clinic investments
- $10 billion in funding for health centers to renovate and build new spaces.
- $6.3 billion to strengthen the CHC workforce to serve the growing number of patients.
- Protection of the $340 billion program from being dismantled and creating a massive deficit in the financial stability of health clinics who use these funds to care for the most vulnerable.
National Low Income Housing Coalition, National Alliance to End Homelessness Addressing Homelessness
- $327 billion for affordable housing, including $90 billion to expand rental assistance to 1 million more households, the most proven way to reduce homelessness.
- $80 billion to preserve public housing for more than 2.5 million residents.
- $37 billion for the national Housing Trust Fund.
Affordable Housing Tax Credit Coalition Building long-term housing stability with the Affordable Housing Tax Credit Improvement Act
- $30 billion for housing development, with the potential of creating up to 2 million affordable homes over the next 10 years.
- A 50% basis boost and 10% set-aside for developments serving Extremely Low-Income households (0-30% Area Median Income) for 10 years.
American Medical Association and Coalition to Stop Opioid Overdose
- Include the Medicaid Reentry Act in the final bill to interrupt the cycle of using criminalization to punish and exacerbate illness.
We encourage you to learn more about the transformative Build Back Better Act, aimed at delivering visionary investments in the American people. Read more about how it can make a difference for those experiencing homelessness here, and take a moment to read our full letter to the Oregon congressional delegation team here.
Our public policy team works year-round to advance policies to end homelessness, improve health care access, increase economic justice, correct racial disparities and achieve greater alignment of the support systems our clients rely on.