Advocate for McKinney Homeless Funding!

$2.4 billion needed for McKinney-Vento in 2012
Take Action today to insure adequate funding!

Advocate for Increased McKinney Homeless Funding Today!The House Appropriations Committee has announced that the House Transportation-HUD (T-HUD) Appropriations Subcommittee will be debating and voting on its FY 2012 funding bill this Thursday, September 8, 2011. This legislation would include funding for all HUD low-income housing and homelessness programs, including McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants.

This bill and its Senate counterpart will form the basis for the final funding level Congress approves for McKinney-Vento. Getting a significant increase from FY 2011 level of $1.901 is critical!

With the vote just TWO DAYS away, the National Alliance to End Homelessness needs your help with this important advocacy effort! They are coordinating one big last big push before the House releases its recommendations to get a funding level of $2.4 billion for HUD’s McKinney-Vento programs.

FY 2012 “Ask”

Pres. FY 2012 Request

FY 2011 Level

FY 2010 Level

$2.4 billion

$2.372 billion

$1.901 billion

$1.865 billion

What Can You Do?

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Call your representative’s Washington, DC office. Ask the representative to talk to the leaders of the House T-HUD Subcommittee to express his/her support for providing $2.4 billion for McKinney-Vento programs. Click here for a list of representatives and their phone numbers or use our Who Represents you link.

Click here for talking points to “make your case.”

After you make your call, email Amanda Krusemark  or Kate Seif  at the National Alliance and let them know which office you contacted and what their response was.

Background and Next Steps

The House T-HUD Appropriations Subcommittee is currently scheduled to “mark up” (debate and vote on) the FY 2012 T-HUD funding bill this Thursday afternoon, September 8, 2011. The draft legislation could be released as early as tomorrow, September 7, 2011, though sometimes the details of appropriations bills are not immediately available, even after the mark up.

The next couple of weeks will be very busy for appropriations. The Senate is expected to announce tomorrow how much money will be available to specific appropriations subcommittees, including T-HUD. The Senate T-HUD Appropriations Subcommittee may then release and vote on its FY 2012 HUD funding bill in the coming weeks.

The fiscal year starts on October 1,2011, but Congress is not expected to pass all FY 2012 funding bills by that time. Instead, Congress is likely to pass a temporary stopgap funding measure, or continuing resolution, to provide a bit more time to work out final agreement on appropriations measures.

The President’s FY 2012 request for McKinney Vento is $2.372 billion.

Questions?

Contact Amanda Krusemark, Director of Policy Outreach, National Alliance to End Homelessness, at 202-942-8256.

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