Congressional appropriators have suggested that they plan to fund HUD’s Homeless Assistance Grants at the Fiscal Year 2006 level, a decision that would have disastrous consequences for over 14,000 homeless people. The Administration’s FY 2007 budget requested an increase of $209 million for Homeless Assistance grants. The House version of the appropriations bill called for the same increase of $209 million, while the Senate bill was a slightly lower $185 million increase. The increase is needed to meet two goals:
Keep up with the increasing cost of renewing homeless assistance projects
Begin catching up with existing need — In the last homelessness count taken in January of 2005, 44 percent of homeless people were unsheltered.