Congressional Recess Offers Opportunity to Show Off Local Success

Site Visits Opportunity to Continue Advocacy
Efforts to Robustly Fund McKInney-Vento

Congressman Pascrell at the May 7, 2010, Ground Breaking for Paterson Park Apartments.

Congressman Pascrell at the May 7, 2010, Ground Breaking for Paterson Park Apartments.

In just over a week, Members of Congress will return home to their districts for the spring recess – Saturday, March 31, 2012 – Sunday, April 15, 2012. We encourage homeless service providers to take this opportunity to invite your Senators and Representatives to visit your program and see first-hand how it works to prevent and end homelessness.

Site visits would be a wonderful way to thank U.S. Senators Lautenberg and Menendez and U.S. Representatives and U.S. Representatives Bill Pascrell (D-8), Steven Rothman (D-9), Rush Holt (D-12), and Albio Sires (D13) for the recent leadership they showed by signing on to letters supporting funding McKinney-Vento at $2.231billion in FY2013.

The following is a brief update about where things stand with efforts to robustly fund the McKinney-Vento program.

The Senate will soon decide how much funding each appropriations subcommittee – including the one that handles HUD programs – will have for its FY 2013 funding bill. Then, each subcommittee will begin to draft its appropriations bill based in large part on the sign-on letters and programmatic requests that it received. Senate appropriations subcommittees are expected to begin releasing and voting on their FY 2013 funding bills as soon as late April.

And in the House, voting will take place next week on a “budget resolution” which will lay out the overall amount available to the Appropriations Committee at $19 billion, or 2 %, below the amount being used by the Senate and included in last year’s big debt deal. Assuming the House passes the budget resolution, it will take that overall figure and divide it up among the various appropriations subcommittees, including the one that handles HUD programs. These subcommittees will also begin writing their bills right away and could release and vote on some of the bills by late next month.

Monarch will continue to post updates on the HUD Appropriations bill and the House’s budget resolution.

Click here for resources about how to plan a successful site visit.

Click here for a recent blog post from the National Alliance to End Homelessness on “budget resolutions.”