Public Comments for: HB30 - Budget Bill.
Last Name: Rawlinson Locality: 5601 Hull St Rd

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Last Name: Minor Organization: Chestnut Grove Assisted Living Locality: Lee county. Dryden VIRGINIA

If HB 30 concerning auxiliary grant rate increase doesn’t pass I will be forced to close it causing displacement to 40 employees and 80 disabled residents in rural southwest virginia. The cost far exceeds the reimbursement especially since wage mandated a 55% increase. The current rate of $ 1609 is not a livable wage for assisted living. Study from area on aging from 2005 recommended double rate. That never happened . We’re not even at rate recommendations from 2005. Compared to nursing home we don’t get a fourth of what they get. Also childrens residential group home & 5000 to 8000 Please support this increase. Frankie Minor.

Last Name: Woodard Locality: Lee County

I am submitting a comment on HB 30 item 344 #1H . There has been study after study completed on the auxiliary grant rate. That shows that it is severely underfunded. I have forwarded a copy of studies to different senators and politicians in the state of Virginia. It is very important to receive this increase in the AG rate for assisted livings to remain open. With the increase of minimum wage and the low amount of the AG rate it is almost impossible to keep the doors open. The rate of $3000 was recommended in 2005 and we still are not there. Please stand up for the little people in Virginia and help us with this. Help our residents to keep their home and our employees to keep their jobs. Thank you, Tanya Woodard

Last Name: Coleman Locality: Henrico County

Dear Committee Members, Only one in five eligible Virginia households are able to receive a federal housing voucher to subsidize their rent due to federal funding constraints. The average wait time for a federal housing voucher in Virginia is currently 35 months — 8 months longer than the national average. 85% of extremely low-income (ELI) renters in Virginia are cost burdened and 71% of them are severely cost burdened. Being an extremely low-income, cost burdened renter increases the risk of eviction, adversely impacts children's ability to perform in school, and can negatively impact parents’ mental and physical health. The new Housing Stability Fund will help subsidize the rent for 4,500 of the 242,000 Virginia households who are paying more than 50% of their income for rent.

Last Name: Carron Organization: LWV Williamsburg Area Locality: Williamsburg

The new Housing Stability Fund will help subsidize the rent for 4,500 of the 242,000 Virginia households who are paying more than 50% of their income for rent.

Last Name: Brennan Locality: James City County

Bill Number: HB 30 (Coyner) Budget Amendment Item # 114 # 5h Dear Committee members: Only one in five eligible Virginia households are able to receive a federal housing voucher to subsidize their rent due to federal funding constraints. The average wait time for a federal housing voucher in Virginia is currently 35 months — 8 months longer than the national average. 85% of extremely low-income (ELI) renters in Virginia are cost burdened and 71% of them are severely cost burdened. Being an extremely low-income, cost burdened renter increases the risk of eviction, adversely impacts children's ability to perform in school, and can negatively impact parents’ mental and physical health. The new Housing Stability Fund will help subsidize the rent for 4,500 of the 242,000 Virginia households who are paying more than 50% of their income for rent. This is a very low percentage of those who need financial assistance in housing. Help Virginia residents in need by providing funds and personnel for those who need it to support families, children, and communities. Anne Brennan

Last Name: Joslin Locality: Fairfax

HB 30 Budget Amendment Item # 114 # 5h Dear Committee Members, The Housing Stability funds provide long-term rental assistance to low, very low, and extremely low income renters to pay the difference between full rent and 30 percent of a clients household income. The Department of Housing and Community Development along with Virginia Housing and stakeholders will develop criteria for the use of these funds prior to the release of these funds. Only one in five eligible Virginia households are able to receive a federal housing voucher to subsidize their rent due to federal funding constraints. The average wait time for a federal housing voucher in Virginia is currently 35 months — 8 months longer than the national average. 85% of extremely low-income (ELI) renters in Virginia are cost burdened and 71% of them are severely cost burdened. Being an extremely low-income, cost burdened renter increases the risk of eviction, adversely impacts children's ability to perform in school, and can negatively impact parents’ mental and physical health. The new Housing Stability Fund will help subsidize the rent for 4,500 of the 242,000 Virginia households who are paying more than 50% of their income for rent.

Last Name: Priddy Locality: Henrico

Only one in five eligible Virginia households are able to receive a federal housing voucher to subsidize their rent due to federal funding constraints. The average wait time for a federal housing voucher in Virginia is currently 35 months — 8 months longer than the national average. 85% of extremely low-income (ELI) renters in Virginia are cost burdened and 71% of them are severely cost burdened. Being an extremely low-income, cost burdened renter increases the risk of eviction, adversely impacts children's ability to perform in school, and can negatively impact parents’ mental and physical health. The new Housing Stability Fund will help subsidize the rent for 4,500 of the 242,000 Virginia households who are paying more than 50% of their income for rent.

Last Name: Brown Locality: Alexandria

Only one in five eligible Virginia households are able to receive a federal housing voucher to subsidize their rent due to federal funding constraints. The average wait time for a federal housing voucher in Virginia is currently 35 months — 8 months longer than the national average. 85% of extremely low-income (ELI) renters in Virginia are cost burdened and 71% of them are severely cost burdened. Being an extremely low-income, cost burdened renter increases the risk of eviction, adversely impacts children's ability to perform in school, and can negatively impact parents’ mental and physical health. The new Housing Stability Fund will help subsidize the rent for 4,500 of the 242,000 Virginia households who are paying more than 50% of their income for rent.

Last Name: Casey Locality: Henrico

Only one in five eligible Virginia households are able to receive a federal housing voucher to subsidize their rent due to federal funding constraints. The average wait time for a federal housing voucher in Virginia is currently 35 months — 8 months longer than the national average. 85% of extremely low-income (ELI) renters in Virginia are cost burdened and 71% of them are severely cost burdened. Being an extremely low-income, cost burdened renter increases the risk of eviction, adversely impacts children's ability to perform in school, and can negatively impact parents’ mental and physical health. The new Housing Stability Fund will help subsidize the rent for 4,500 of the 242,000 Virginia households who are paying more than 50% of their income for rent.

Last Name: Diliberti Locality: Fairfax County

Dear Committee Members, Re: HB 30, Budget Amendment Item # 114 # 5h Only one in five eligible Virginia households are able to receive a federal housing voucher to subsidize their rent due to federal funding constraints. The average wait time for a federal housing voucher in Virginia is currently 35 months — 8 months longer than the national average. 85% of extremely low-income (ELI) renters in Virginia are cost burdened and 71% of them are severely cost burdened. Being an extremely low-income, cost burdened renter increases the risk of eviction, adversely impacts children's ability to perform in school, and can negatively impact parents’ mental and physical health. The new Housing Stability Fund will help subsidize the rent for 4,500 of the 242,000 Virginia households who are paying more than 50% of their income for rent. Sincerely, Eliza Diliberti

Last Name: Joeckel Organization: Eastern Shore Regional Navigable Waterways Committee (Representing Accomack & Northampton Counties) Locality: Accomack County, Town of Wachapreague

Comments Document

A combined total of $56.5 million in shallow water navigation and coastal resilience projects over the next 5 years is needed for the Eastern Shore of Virginia and the Middle Peninsula Counties (See attached document "WMF Dredging Demand Summary"). The current $1.5 million annual grant allocation for the entire Commonwealth is totally inadequate to meet the needed funds for these coastal counties. It is vital to the economy of the Commonwealth that waterways be dredged for safe navigation to foster commercial and recreational use of our waterways, with the dredged sediment being used beneficially to enhance coastal resilience in order to mitigate infrastructure storm surge damages, sea level rise and coastal flooding as well as remediation of deteriorating coastal habitat. Therefore, SB & HB 30, Budget, concerning the annual Waterway Maintenance Fund grant program, administered by the Virginia Port Authority to be amended, Page 484, line 1, strike "$1,500,000 the first year and $1,500,000 the second year" and insert "$5,000,000 the first year and $7,500,000 the second year". (This amendment increases the transfer of general fund revenues to the Waterway Maintenance Fund by $3.5 million in FY 2023 and $6.0 million in FY 2024 to increase the availability of funds to support shallow-draft dredging projects and to support local municipal dredging to ensure Virginia’s waterways remain safe and navigable to support the continued sustainability and growth of Virginia’s seafood and the commercial waterman who contribute to the economies of coastal Virginia. In the first two years of the grant program, more than $50 million for dredging design, implementation and funding have been identified compared to the existing programmatic funding level of $1.5 million annually. A companion amendment to Part 3 increases the authorized transfer.)

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