Good News on FY07 Funding for McKinney and other HUD Programs
Help Now Needed in the Senate
This is an update to our January 12th Advocacy Update regarding McKinney appropriations which you can find by clicking here.
UPDATE The House passed its version of the fiscal year 2007 appropriations bill yesterday (Wednesday January 31.) Under this funding bill, McKinney-Vento homeless assistance funding would increase by $115 million over 2006, Section 8 Tenant-Based Rental Assistance would receive a nearly $500 million increase to account for increasing costs of renewing vouchers, and Public Housing Operating Funds would increase by $300 million.
We are thrilled that McKinney, Section 8 and Public Housing are on the list of programs to see funding increases. Many of you have been working intensely in the past few weeks communicating with your House Members regarding the importance of these programs to your communities. We did well! But the work is not yet done. It will be more difficult to pass the bill in the Senate partly due to procedural differences which allow more amendments. And until the bill is final and signed by the President, changes can be made. We want to make sure the proposed increases remain in the bill.
WHAT’S NEXT IN THE SHORT TERM THEREFORE, please contact your Senators asking them to take the appropriate steps in support of a $115 million increase for the Department of Housing and Urban Developments (HUD) McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants. Appropriate steps would include writing a letter to the Chair and Ranking Member of the Full Appropriations Committee and / or the Chair and Ranking Member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation and HUD. In addition, if you were in communication with your House Member who agreed to take certain steps, you should thank the House Member either by letter, phone or the media. It is important to acknowledge Member support and thank them this makes them more likely to do it again.
WHAT’S NEXT IN THE LONG TERM As soon as we ensure that McKinney will be increased for fiscal year 2007 (which began October 1, 2006), we will be gearing up for work to increase McKinney and other HUD programs in fiscal year 2008. The Presidents fiscal year 2008 budget proposal will be released on Monday, February 5, and the Alliance will hold our annual budget briefing The Presidents Fiscal Year 2008 Budget Proposal: Its Impact on Ending Homelessness – on Tuesday February 6 at 2:00 pm EST. If you would like to join this call, please rsvp.