2003 Adopted Resolutions
71st Annual Meeting
Denver

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THE BRINGING AMERICA HOME ACT

WHEREAS 3.5 million people, 39% of them children, currently experience homelessness every year, with families among the fastest-growing sectors of the population; and

WHEREAS the Bringing America Home Act, currently pending in the 108th Congress, is designed to end homelessness in the United States and includes housing, health, income and civil rights components; and

WHEREAS the proposed legislation represents the most comprehensive initiative to date to address modern homelessness and is based on research, data, and the experience of front line providers and advocates; and

WHEREAS the housing title of the bill increases funding for crucial programs to ensure access to and creation of affordable housing; and

WHEREAS the health title of the bill increases funding for crucial programs and includes a Sense of Congress supporting the enactment of legislation to guarantee that every person in the United States, including the over 42 million Americans without health insurance, has access to comprehensive, quality, affordable health care; and

WHEREAS, the income title of the bill includes a Sense of Congress supporting a Universal Living Wage and livable incomes, Temporary Worker Fairness and Protection, Development of a Self-Sufficiency Standard, and the establishment of a 'Homebuild' Program,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the U.S. Conference of Mayors supports the passage of the Bringing America Home Act of 2003, currently pending in the 108th Congress, and its goals of ending homelessness.