Congresswoman Beatty Honored for Her Work on Homelessness
WASHINGTON, D.C.—This week, the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty recognized U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-03) with the Bruce F. Vento Award for her ongoing, decades-long work to end and prevent homelessness in Congress.
“Throughout my time in Congress, and as a member of the House Financial Services Housing, Community Development, and Insurance Subcommittee, I have worked with Democrats and Republicans alike to shine a light on the countless veterans, young people, and families who do not know where they will sleep at night,” Beatty said. “We can and must do more because every American deserves a place to call ‘home sweet home.’” Beatty continued, “I am proud to be recognized by the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, and I promise to continue fighting for our most vulnerable citizens.”
In Congress, Beatty has championed and spearheaded numerous bills, programs, and policies to better assist youth and families experiencing homelessness or at-risk of homelessness. Beatty secured $40 million for the Family Unification Program (FUP), a national initiative to prevent family separation due to homelessness among foster care aging-out youth—the first time FUP was funded since 2010. She also fought to get a $6.07 million grant for the City of Columbus’ Community Shelter Board to address area youth homelessness and led efforts to leverage a $30 million grant to advance a $225 million revitalization project of Columbus’ Near East Side. In addition, Beatty introduced the Homeless Veterans Legal Services Act, H.R. 716, legislation to better connect homeless veterans to free legal services, and the Trafficking Victims Housing Act, H.R. 508, a bill to improve housing services for victims of human trafficking.
Founded in 1989, the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty is the nation’s only legal group dedicated to ending and preventing homelessness, operating programs across the United States that provide assistance to America’s more than 3.5 million homeless families, children, and individuals. Past recent Bruce F. Vento Award recipients include former Congressman Elijah Cummings (MD-07), Senator Cory Booker (NJ), and Senator Sherrod Brown (OH).
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