House approves lower spending to end homelessness than HUD requested!

The House of Representatives voted on the Transportation-HUD Appropriations bill on the 24th. The bill provides $1.561 billion in funding for McKinney Homeless Assistance Grants for Fiscal Year 2008. It is less than the President’s request and is significantly less than the $1.8 billion needed to make a significant investment to ending homelessness. Click here to read the related post on the importance of this funding. The Senate will vote on the legislation soon so every effort must be made to insure that they approve the full increase to $1.8 billion. More information will be posted in the next few days.

Other changes include a $119 million increase over FY 2007, as well as increases for mainstream housing programs like Section 8. The House bill also rejects many of the President’s proposed cuts to programs like Section 202 elderly housing, Section 811 disability housing, and Community Development Block Grants. The President has indicated that he will veto the Transportation-HUD appropriations bill because it exceeds the Administration’s budget request.

To see the full budget click here.