McKinney-Vento Reauthorization

This update is from the National Alliance to End Homelessness.

Latest news: On May 24, Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Wayne Allard (R-CO) introduced S. 1518, the Community Partnership to End Homelessness Act of 2007 (CPEHA), legislation to reauthorize the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants program.

The Alliance’s analysis of this legislation is very positive. This legislation will make the McKinney program a more effective tool (one of many tools) to prevent and end homelessness. As the bill moves through Congress, we will be working with our local, state and national partners on any changes needed to improve the legislation further and ensure that it suits the needs of as many as possible.

We would like to highlight the following provisions – some new from legislation introduced in the last Congress. The legislation would:

Establish a new prevention program to serve people who have moved frequently for economic reasons, are doubled up, are about to be evicted, live in severely overcrowded housing, or otherwise live in an unstable situation that puts them at risk of homelessness;

Encourage programs that move families into permanent housing;

Enable rural communities to use funds for homeless prevention and stabilization with an application process tailored to rural communities;

Renew permanent housing programs non-competitively; and

Reward communities that get the best outcomes but in a less prescriptive way.