Some bad news was that the impact of the January 2012 8.4% reduction in across the board cuts will include:
A loss in funding for Section 8 vouchers for 185,000 families; and
A possible cut to homeless assistance of $180 million which would leave funding just $65 million above the 2012 funding level.
But there was also good news. This year, there is full funding for ending homelessness for veterans. Said Steve Berg, “We are looking at a time in a few years when it will be very hard to find a homeless vet.”
Given the difficult federal budget situation including the issues around sequestration, advocates were encouraged to:
Think about the bigger picture;
Talk to members of Congress about what progress is needed to end homelessness and educate them about what programs are working to end homelessness;
Make sure members know that McKinney programs are helping very needy people, that the programs work and that ending homelessness is a priority that everyone in both parties should agree on; and
Get involved in the Alliance’s site visit campaign when members are back in the districts in August and for long weekends throughout the campaign season.