Support the 17% Increase in McKinney Funding

Write Your U.S. Senators and Representative
Asking them to Support $2.23 Billion Funding Level

Support the 17% Increase to HUD’s McKinney FundingWe hope that you will join Monarch Housing Associates in writing letters asking Congress to Support President’s Proposed 17% Increase to HUD’s McKinney-Vento Programs.

The President has proposed that Congress provide $2.23 billion in fiscal year (FY) 2013 for HUD’s McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants – a 17% increase over FY 2012. Now, it’s up to us to ensure Congress follows through on the recommendation.

Please join us and the National Alliance to End Homelessness in writing letters to Senators Lautenberg and Menendez and our Representatives to ask them to support a funding level of $2.23 billion for HUD’s McKinney-Vento programs. Without an increase in funding, New Jersey and our local communities won’t be able to continue existing Continuum of Care (CoC) and ESG activities.

Congressional office phone numbers can be found by calling the congressional switchboard at 202-224-3121 or use our Who Represents you link.

The Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP) made a HUGE difference in many New Jersey communities. But with HPRP set to expire and the effects of the recession still lingering, we need further federal investment to keep homelessness from rising, to continue funding existing ESG and CoC activities, and to implement the HEARTH Act, with its focus on proven solutions like homelessness prevention, rapid re-housing, and permanent supportive housing.

Representatives have until Tuesday, March 20, 2012 (and Senators until Friday, March 23, 2012) to submit a list of their official funding priorities to the HUD Appropriations Subcommittee. So, we need YOUR help to convince them to include a request for $2.23 billion for HUD’s McKinney-Vento programs.

Please take the time to write a letter(s)! Ask your colleagues and clients to write letters, too. Click here for a sample letter template. And please tell us who you contacted, so we can keep track!

Email/fax letters to U.S. Senators Menendez and Lautenberg and your U.S. Representative, to the attention of their housing staffers, and let us know by March 20 what letters you sent. You can click here  for the contact information for New Jersey’s delegation and their housing staffers and/or use the Who Represents You Link  for contact information.  There is a national goal of sending 500 letters by March 20, so tracking is VERY important.

Want more information? Have questions? Contact Kate Kelly at Monarch Housing Associates and Kate Seif at the National Alliance to End Homelessness.