Save the date! On Wednesday afternoon July 11, 2007, the leadership of the New Jersey Continuums of Care will be holding a reception for the New Jersey Congressional Delegation. The goal of the meeting is to discuss with them the significant efforts in New Jersey to end homelessness and how the members of the New Jersey Congressional Delegation can help these efforts. The actual date and location will be announced by the end of this week.
This summer Congress is voting on several bills that will increase funding that is crucial to our efforts to end homelessness. Among these are two of major significance:
An increase to $1.8 billion FY 2008 appropriation for HUD McKinney-Vento programs: This will be an increase in HUD homeless funding from $1.441 billion in FY 2007 to $1.8 billion in FY 2008. This will help create 15,000 units of new supportive housing while also ensuring reliable renewal funding for all rent/operating subsidies to permanent supportive housing under Shelter + Care and Supportive Housing Program.
Transform Health and Human Services into a full partner in ending chronic homelessness and meeting the services needs of all persons experiencing homelessness. Specifically this would add $80 million to the Administration’s budget for HHS in FY 2008 in SAMHSA’s Grants for the Benefit of Homeless Individuals (GBHI) program to pay for services in supportive housing.
Without your participation we will not be able to archive these goals.
Take the day and join us in DC so that we can achieve these goals and make a real difference in ending homelessness in NJ!
The actual date and location will be announced this week.