As you probably already know, this Friday, March 1, sequestration will go into effect. Sequestration will result in slightly more than 5% cuts to virtually every program within the Department of Housing and Urban Development, including the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants.
But with sequestration comes a great opportunity. Finalizing FY 2013 funding after the sequester takes place will allow Congress to replace funds where truly necessary.
We need to take advantage of this opportunity to ensure that HUD’s McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants are funded at $2.231 billion for FY 2013 – the amount requested by the President. Should sequestration persist (i.e. Congress does not reverse it after the fact), this level should allow for funding of all renewals for both CoC and ESG programs.
Here’s What You Can Do:
Contact your senators’ and representatives’ offices THIS WEEK and next. Ask to speak to the person who handles the Members’ housing issues. Click here for a list of offices for New Jersey’s delegation along with email addresses and phone numbers for the Members’ housing staffers.
Click here for talking points about the $2.231 McKinney-Vento funding request.
Tell them we must fund HUD’s McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants at $2.231 billion for FY 2013. Use these talking points to help you.
Please let Kate Kelly know who you contacted and what they said!
If you have never taken an advocacy action before, there has never been a more crucial time do so. Funding for programs that prevent and end homelessness in our communities is very much at risk. We MUST make sure that Congress understands the importance of these programs across our country and the need to fully fund them in this very difficult time.
It is important to note that while sequestration begins on March 1, McKinney-Vento grantees will not see program cuts until the FY 2013 NOFA is released. A reminder that many of you recently completed the FY 2012 NOFA, for which grants have not yet been awarded. The FY 2013 NOFA is likely to be released later this year. The FY 2013 NOFA for both the CoC and ESG programs will reflect the 5% sequestration cuts, along with instructions on how those cuts will be implemented.
To further complicate matters, Congress has not yet finalized FY 2013 funding. In late September 2012, Congress passed a stopgap funding measure, also known as a continuing resolution (CR) that funds the government largely at FY 2012 levels until March 27, when it expires. Congress is expected to finalize FY 2013 funding prior to the March 27 expiration date.