What to know about the Obama administration’s new $10 billion package to help homeless Americans
A package of new spending proposals by President Barack Obama’s administration includes $10.9 billion to help low-income people buy their own groceries, get a new haircut or get a prescription for drugs, as well as to provide health care for the nation’s 1.3 million homeless, among other things.
The $10-billion spending package is the result of weeks of negotiations among several top officials in the Obama Administration, including the White House chief of staff, deputy chief of the Office of Management and Budget, deputy undersecretary for health and human services, undersecretaries for civil rights and health, and the Office for Civil Rights, among others.
The package includes $4.8 billion to make it easier for people to enroll in affordable housing and $1.5 billion to provide emergency cash to states to help them expand Medicaid.
The President’s Budget Office also included $1 billion to support states and counties to expand affordable housing, $1 million to expand Medicaid and $400 million to help small businesses with health insurance.
The package also includes $300 million to promote better health care access for homeless veterans and $200 million to encourage states to provide more affordable housing.
In addition, the White Houses chief financial officer, deputy financial adviser and assistant to the president for economic development will join the Obama team, the Office Of Management and Board of Governors said.
The spending package includes spending of $400 billion to expand access to housing, health care and job training for homeless Americans.
The money will be used to expand services for people who are experiencing homelessness, including transitional housing, housing support services and health care, the president’s office said.
About 3.6 million people have been living on the streets since October.
The U.S. has about 4.4 million homeless people, with nearly half of those people living in emergency shelters, according to a January report by the nonpartisan Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
The number of homeless Americans has increased by more than 60% since 2009.
Homeless people are among the poorest and most vulnerable people in the country, often living in motels, homeless shelters and in the streets.
The cost of living in many areas has risen since the housing bubble burst.
The president’s proposal is expected to be approved by the House Appropriations Committee and the Senate Appropriations Committee in the coming weeks.
The House Appropriations and Housing and Urban Development Committee will vote on the spending package on Feb. 2, according the White Senate Office of Public Affairs.
The Senate Finance Committee will hold a markup on the measure on Feb 14, according a White House official.