President’s Proposes 17% McKinney Funding Increase

Administration Shows Commitment to Ending Homelessness
Despite Critical Cuts to Safety Net

President ObamaYesterday’s release of the President’s FY2013 Budget Proposal brought some good news to homeless advocates. The budget included $2.231 billion for HUD’s McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants program – a 17% increase over the FY2012 funding level. National advocates are heartened that this funding level shows the administration’s clear commitment to prioritizing implementation of the HEARTH Act and the Federal Strategic Plan to End Homelessness.

The President’s proposed funding level of $2.231 billion would include:

  • $286 million for the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) program;
  • $1.94 billion for the Continuum of Care program, including:
  • Renewing existing projects;
  • $8 million for HMIS; and
  • $22 million for new projects and CoC planning.

Yet even with this good news, there is reason for concern. The budget included critical cuts and flat funding to key safety net programs that prevent homelessness.

The next step is Congressional review and approval.

Tomorrow, February 15, 2012, at 1:00 p.m., the National Alliance to End Homelessness is hosting a webinar that will review the President’s budget as it related to homelessness assistance and key low-income programs.

Click here for HUD’s full explanation behind the proposed funding level for HUD’s McKinney-Vento programs.

Click here to register for tomorrow’s National Alliance webinar.

Click here for Monarch’s HUD 2013 Budget Update post which includes a broader analysis of programs affecting affordable housing and low income.

Click here to read all of our posts of the FY 2013 Budget.