POLICY & ADVOCACY
TAC advocates for federal policy and funding priorities that maximize community living opportunities for people with disabilities and help end homelessness.
TAC, in parternship with the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Housing Task Force (CCD), led the successful effort to enact the Frank Melville Supportive Housing Investment Act, inaugurating a new and highly cost-effective federal approach to expand integrated permanent supportive housing opportunities. Using the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Section 811 Program as a platform, the Melville Act has quadrupled supportive housing production by incentivizing new partnerships between state housing and health and human services/Medicaid agencies. TAC's Resource Center on Supportive Housing provides up to the minute information on HUD's implementation of the Melville Act, as well as state-of-the-art resources for state officials and other supportive housing stakeholders.
TAC collaborates with U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) agencies - including the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and the Office of the Assistance Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) - on policy and financing initiatives that assist people with disabilities who are homeless or living in restrictive settings.
TAC also supports the collaborative efforts of HUD and HHS to improve the alignment of Medicaid, SAMHSA, and other HHS funding streams with affordable housing programs - including provision of technical support to the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness on implementation of their "Opening Doors" Strategic Plan goals on integrating housing and healthcare - and with state implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).