First Read: Senate Cuts $4.5B from SNAP, Administration Sued for Information About Homeless Program, More

Administration Sued for Information About Homeless Program

The Washington Post has coverage of the Law Center’s suit against the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) over not disclosing a complete list of federal properties that could be used to serve homeless people. Under a program called Title V, the government has an obligation to offer surplus federal properties deemed “suitable” for homeless people to community service providers at no cost.  These properties are used operate shelters, soup kitchens, and many other critical programs.

According to the Law Center’s suit, OMB has refused to disclose full reports about properties the government is not using.  There may be many properties eligible for the Title V program that aren’t being reported and listed properly.

More than 2.4 million homeless people benefit each year from Title V.  The Law Center is committed to making sure the program is fully implemented now and into the future.

To read the full article, click here.

Senate Cuts $4.5 Billion from SNAP in New Farm Bill

Yesterday, the Senate voted to cut $4.5 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)—which provides financial assistance to homeless and poor families for the purchase of food—as part of the new farm bill (S.3240).  This could potentially reduce benefits by $90 per month for up to 500,000 families, according to anti-hunger group Bread for the World.

The final bill did avoid deeper cuts supported by some Members of the Senate.  Earlier proposals would have cut SNAP benefits for two to three million Americans, with up to 280,000 children losing free school meals.

Still, at a time when hunger is rising in communities across the country, the final bill would poke further holes in an already-frayed social safety-net.

Here’s an infographic from Share Our Strong that shows you why this is such a big deal:

To read Bread for the World’s full press release, click here.

Stockton’s Homeless, City Councilman Open Dialogue on Lack of Shelter

Recordnet has a story on homeless persons in Stockton, CA meeting with their city councilman in search of common ground.  Just one day after being evicted from their tents in front of a local shelter, the homeless individuals impressed upon Councilman Dale Fritchen the need to have a sanctioned place nearby to set up tents.  Whether Fritchen and his colleagues will do something to address the concerns they raised is unknown, but this is a positive first step.  It is absolutely critical that homeless and poor persons be given a voice as cities decide on policies that directly affect them.

To read the full article, click here.

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