Congress Finishes FY 2012 Appropriations

Funding levels are lower
Larger cuts planned for 2013

CongressEarlier this month, Congress finalized all appropriations bills for fiscal year (FY) 2012, approving legislation for funding programs within the remaining federal agencies, including the Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Labor, Education, and Veterans Affairs (VA).

The latest legislation includes funding for numerous federal programs impacting homeless and at-risk people, including:

  • $115 million for Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA) programs;
  • $75 million for Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) homeless services programs;
  • $65 million for the Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH) program;
  • $137 million for Health Care for the Homeless Centers;
  • $65 million for the Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) program; and
  • $38 million for the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP), a slight increase over FY 2011.

The levels listed above include two-tenths of one percent across-the-board cut that was applied to all programs within the Departments of Labor, HHS, and Education. Funding for most targeted homeless assistance programs was held flat compared to FY 2011, despite deep cuts to many other federal programs. One notable exception to this was the joint HUD-VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program, which received increased resources.

Funding levels for programs within the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and several others were finalized on November 17, 2011. Funding for HUD’s McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants was held flat at $1.901 billion.

The Administration is expected to release its budget proposal for FY 2013 in early February 2012, and the National Alliance to End Homelessness will host a webinar to review this proposal.

Click here for Monarch’s previous article on the HUD budget cuts.