Coburn Amendment Undermines Matching Funding for Homeless Grants
The Senate is debating S1243, the THUD Budget for FY14. Senators are introducing various amendments to the legislation, including one from Sen. Coburn (R-OK) that would be extremely detrimental to our efforts to prevent and end homelessness.
The amendment, S. 1754, would strike language that has been included in the bill for several years regarding the use of federal funds for matching requirements. The vote on the amendment will occur on Monday July 29th or Tuesday July 30th.
S. 1754 would make it very difficult, particularly for the non-profit providers working with homeless people and families in our communities, to come up with new sources of funding to continue this work. This would be especially true in rural areas, which often have fewer local government resources and less access to private fundraising. In addition, the amendment reaches back and makes this requirement apply to old grants, which would result in grantees suddenly being out of compliance for over 20 years—even though they were playing by the rules.
We MUST ensure that our Senators on either side of the aisle understand that this amendment Must Not PASS. We need you to educate your Senators TODAY on the importance of using federal funds for the Continuum of Care matching requirements.