Congress to make budget decisions this week

Senate approved budget that
Flat funds McKinney, Cuts HOME,
CDBG, 202, 811 and more!

Advocate for Increased McKinney Homeless Funding Today!The Senate approved H.R. 2112 this afternoon. H.R. 2122 combined three of its FY 2012 appropriations bills (Transportation-HUD; Agriculture; and Commerce, Justice, and Science) into one “mini-bus” piece of legislation.

House and Senate Appropriators are expected to negotiate the final spending bills immediately. Appropriations staff have already started discussing the final levels of funding for the bill.

This bill sets funding levels for HUD programs, including McKinney-Vento. H.R. 2112 would not provide the much-needed increase for McKinney-Vento programs. In addition, the bill would cause tens of thousands of tenant based vouchers, project based units, and public housing units to be lost.

As you know, the stakes are high, so we need your help! We must ensure that Congress understands how important affordable housing and homelessness resources are for our communities – both for implementing the HEARTH Act and for addressing the increasing number of people likely to become homeless.

For more information on the overall impact click here for our most recent post on the budget.

To view a chart of the overall budget impact prepared by the NLIHC click here.

What You Can Do:

  1. Contact the housing staff person for your senators and representatives THIS WEEK.
  2. Senator Lautenberg (202-224-3224) and Congressman Frelinghuysen (202-225-5034) are on the Appropriations Committee and have greater influence on this than other members in NJ.
  3. Explain how important it is that Congress provides as much overall funding as possible for HUD programs and INCREASES funding for McKinney-Vento homeless assistance programs. Click here for talking points.
  4. Ask your Member of Congress to contact the leaders of the Appropriations Committee RIGHT AWAY to express his/her support for providing as much overall funding for HUD as possible and to specifically increase funding for HUD’s McKinney-Vento programs.
  5. Prevent amendments that would harm housing programs
  6. Let us know who you contacted by clicking here to send us an email.