The National Alliance to End Homelessness (the Alliance) is asking for our help in contacting our representatives and urging them to work with the leaders of the T-HUD Appropriations Subcommittee to ensure adequate funding for key affordable housing and homelessness programs.
This critical funding includes:
$2.231 billion for HUD’s McKinney Vento Homeless Assistance Grants (this is the funding level that the President requested); and
$75 million for approximately 10,000 new HUD-Veterans Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) Vouchers.
These and other key HUD programs, such as Section 8, are necessary for advancing the movement to end homelessness once and for all.
How Can You Help?
Call you representative’s Washington DC offices today. Ask to speak to the staffer who handles housing issues. Click here for a contact list with phone numbers and the housing staffer’s name for each of New Jersey’s representatives.
Explain the importance of HUD’s McKinney-Vento programs and HUD-VASH for your community.
In March 2012, New Jersey received $1,767,322 in the form of 200 new HUD-VASH vouchers – 75 more vouchers than were approved in 2011; and
The same month, New Jersey received $13,521,580 in new McKinney funds through the continuums of care. The total awards for new and renewal projects in New Jersey were $38,559,292- a new record.
Ask your representative to work with his/her colleagues on the HUD Appropriations Subcommittee to provide the President’s requested funding levels for these key programs.
A strong recommendation from the House is needed, in order to have the best chance when the two chambers negotiate a final, compromise-funding bill.
Overall, the House T-HUD Appropriations Subcommittee has less money available to spend in its FY 2013 funding bill. However, as the House makes its funding recommendations, it is CRITICAL that representatives prioritize funding for key homeless assistance and affordable housing programs and make a clear statement that preventing and ending homelessness is a top federal priority.
Click here for talking points about McKinney-Vento.
Click here for talking points about the HUD-VASH program.