House adopts funding hike for rural homeless assistance

The House on Monday gave voice vote approval to a proposal from Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.) that would increase funding for homeless assistance grants in rural areas.

Duffy argued that urban areas in the U.S. tended to receive the most attention for housing assistance.

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"This town, this Congress spends a lot of money to alleviate the pain of poverty, of homelessness and hunger. But a mjaority of that money is focused on urban centers," Duffy said. "But so often, the rural parts of America are forgotten."

Duffy's amendment to the 2015 appropriations bill funding the Departments of Transportation and Housing and Urban Development would increase funding within Homeless Assistance Grants for the Rural Housing Stability Program by $10 million. That would bring the total funding for the program to $1.81 billion in fiscal 2015.

"Let's not forget rural America," Duffy said.

Duffy's amendment encountered no opposition on the House floor.