The President of the United States, Barack Obama, has called on Congress to enact an additional $1 billion to combat the nation’s homelessness crisis.
The President made the comments at a press conference in the Rose Garden at the White House in a statement, which was released by the White Senate Office of Public Affairs.
He also announced that a “robust and comprehensive” plan would be unveiled in the next few weeks that would include $1,400 a month for low-income families with children, a $250 monthly rental subsidy for homeless seniors and $300 to support community-based services for people experiencing homelessness.
The President is also proposing a $5 billion funding increase to provide more emergency food assistance for the homeless and to invest $500 million to fight the spread of the pandemic, according to the Whitehouse.
In a similar move, the President is calling on Congress for $500 billion to provide emergency food, housing and job training to help stabilize the housing market and create jobs.
The White House said the President will also unveil a “major investment” in education that would provide a “full range of training, job skills, and career options” to assist people in getting back on their feet.
“This is a critical investment for the long-term prosperity of our country, our economy and our communities,” the White HOUSE statement read.
“Our economy will be stronger and more secure if we can help people find a job and stay on their own, rather than throw them to the wolves and try to get them back on the streets,” the statement added.
“It’s time to help those who are still on the street and those who need it the most.”