Two Days to Get a 19% Increase to McKinney!

Deadline to Sign Letter for $2.381B
Extended to April 17th

Congressman Albio SiresLast week, the Administration released its FY 2014 Budget Proposal, which included a proposed 19% increase for HUD’s McKinney-Vento Homelessness Assistance Grants!

The proposed funding level – $2.381 billion – would provide $346 million for the Emergency Solutions Grants, be enough to fund all CoC renewals, and would provide a small amount for new CoC programs focused on permanent supportive housing.

If enacted, this would be the largest one-year increase to McKinney in over twenty years!

Currently, Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI) is circulating a Dear Colleague congressional sign-on letter so her colleagues in the House can show their support for providing $2.381 billion for HUD’s McKinney-Vento programs in FY 2014. We need to work to make sure that we get as many representatives to sign on to the letter as possible to show the widespread support the program has.

In NJ both Congressman Bill Pascrell and Congressman Albio Sires were early leaders in signing on to this year’s letter that Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI) is circulating to her colleagues in the House of Representatives that supports this critical funding.

U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr.It is not too late for us to urge the rest of New Jersey’s House delegation to sign on to the letter.

The deadline to sign-on to the letter has been extended to Tuesday, April 17, 2013.

Here is what you can do to help:

  • Contact the staff member who handles housing issues for your representatives and ask them to join Rep. Moore’s Dear Colleague letter. Click here for contact information for New Jersey’s Congressional delegation.
    • You can email them a letter by customizing this sample with a short note asking them to join the letter.
    • Tell the staff person that representatives can join the letter by contacting Sean Gard in Rep. Moore’s office at (202) 225-4572.
  • If they say they cannot join the letter, ask if they will submit a “programmatic request” in support of providing robust funding for HUD’s McKinney-Vento programs in FY 2014.
  • Let Richard Brown know which offices you contacted and what they said.
  • Joining the sign-on letter provides an easier way for Members of Congress to include funding for HUD’s McKinney-Vento programs in their list of official funding priorities due to the Appropriations Committee on April 15, 2013 If offices are unable/unwilling to join the letter, they can be just as helpful by including this funding request in their official list of priorities.

Click here for the sign-on letter.

Click here to see if your representative has already joined the letter.