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House Proceeding 07-20-09 on Jul 20th, 2009 :: 2:46:25 to 2:51:10
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Chris Murphy

2:46:21 to 2:46:41( Edit History Discussion )

Chris Murphy: individuals with physical and mental disabilities. it is a program which has meant a great deal to an unfortunately limited number of individuals that have benefited from it. what is supportive housing? supportive housing is housing for individuals that have certain disabilities that allows

Chris Murphy

2:46:25 to 2:51:10( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Chris Murphy

Chris Murphy

2:46:42 to 2:47:05( Edit History Discussion )

Chris Murphy: them to live independently on their own, leading full and productive lives in the communities with a small amount of community support around them. a unit of supportive housing either onsite or in the community will have connected to it the job skills, the social work, the medication adherence,

Chris Murphy

2:47:11 to 2:47:32( Edit History Discussion )

Chris Murphy: individuals and support services that are necessary for people that have complex physical or complex metropolitanal illness to be able to live on their own. these people can live in the community, but they need help to do it. the measure of this government, the measure of this nation is how we treat those amongst us have been born with a certain illness, whether it be mental or physical that doesn't give them the apparatus or access to the apparatus of opportunity that

Chris Murphy

2:47:33 to 2:47:55( Edit History Discussion )

Chris Murphy: the rest of us have. supportive housing gives the fundamental life-building block, gives a roof over their head and a bed to sleep in is one of the things we can do as a compassionate nation. over the course of the last five to 10 years, the 811 program has not been working.

Chris Murphy

2:47:56 to 2:48:17( Edit History Discussion )

Chris Murphy: h.u.d. tells us there are 1.3 million individuals with disabilities in this country who are living in substandard housing. the 811 program has only built about 1,000 new units despite all the resources that it has. and it is taking right now upwards of six years for a supportive housing project funded with 811 dollars to move

Chris Murphy

2:48:18 to 2:48:39( Edit History Discussion )

Chris Murphy: from the application stage to the completion stage. this is unacceptable. representative biggert has been a spokesman for this for years and the culmination of her work is this legislation. this bill fixes the 811 program as well as re-authorizes it. it does it in a number of ways. it takes all of the vouchers

Chris Murphy

2:48:40 to 2:49:00( Edit History Discussion )

Chris Murphy: that have been used to fund individuals who are looking for supportive housing. it takeshose vouchers, which have been inefficiently administered by the 811 program and moves them to the broader section 8 program. section 8 program is much better equipped to track these vouchers and making sure these vouchers

Chris Murphy

2:49:01 to 2:49:21( Edit History Discussion )

Chris Murphy: are being used by individuals with disabilities. that has been a big problem. that money that is now freed up by moving the uchers over into the section 8 program is going to be used to build new units. we need to build more capacity in the system. 1.3 million living in inappropriat

Chris Murphy

2:49:22 to 2:49:42( Edit History Discussion )

Chris Murphy: it will use the money in creative ways. instead of building a full apartment complex with supportive housing in it, it's now going to work with developers who might have affordable housing projects cu build into that complex two, three, four or five units to

Chris Murphy

2:49:43 to 2:50:03( Edit History Discussion )

Chris Murphy: allow for scattered site housing throughout the community, leveraging existing affordable housing projects to build in scattered site supportive housing projects and it cuts the red tape and bureaucracy that has restrained applications from moving forward. chiefly by allowing states

Chris Murphy

2:50:04 to 2:50:25( Edit History Discussion )

Chris Murphy: affordable housing agencies to do the bureaucratic work that is being performed by housing and urban development here in washington, d.c. we think through the passage of this act, we can triple the number of supportive housing units that are built across the country with the 811 program.

Chris Murphy

2:50:26 to 2:50:48( Edit History Discussion )

Chris Murphy: by doing so, we will do justice by the individual whose name is on this act. mr. speaker, this act is called the frank melville supportive housing investment act. he was a constituent of mine. he and his widowed wife started the melville charitable trust, which funds much of the

Chris Murphy

2:50:49 to 2:51:09( Edit History Discussion )

Chris Murphy: affordable housing and supportive housing advocacy work in the northeast and throughout this country. frank melville is no longer with us, but this bill which we hope to pass today and bring to the senate for its consideration does justice to his legacy. i commend this bill to the house floor for passage.

Chris Murphy

2:51:10 to 2:51:11( Edit History Discussion )

Chris Murphy: i think iis going to do so

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