Homeless Service System
Will Serve Fewer People
Last month, HUD released the FY 2013 Continuum of Care (CoC) Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA). Communities will now have to figure out how to work with 5% less; and while the final cut may be less, there is no doubt that there will not be sufficient funding to run programs at their current level.
All CoCs will now need to make tiering decisions, essentially deciding which programs in the Continuum will stand at risk of being cut.
While the next 60 days will be extremely busy in planning the NOFA applications, the NOFA, and the cuts it contains, offers a unique opportunity to get a very strong message to Congress: cuts to homeless assistance programs are simply unacceptable.
Please take this opportunity to let your Members of Congress know that your community will be able to serve fewer people at risk of or experiencing homelessness because of cuts from sequestration and other budget constraints. We need increased funding in FY 2014 to ensure we are able to serve all those in need of homeless assistance in our communities.
Here’s What You Can Do:
- Email the housing staffers for your Members of Congress
- Tell them that cuts in the FY 2013 NOFA are unacceptable and will result in fewer people served by the homeless assistance system.
- Explain that Members of Congress must work to make up for these cuts in their FY 2014 funding bills.
- Let us know who you called/emailed and what they said! Email Kate Kelly.
The funding shortage in the FY 2013 NOFA is directly related to Congress’s funding decisions and sequestration. HUD has felt a significant squeeze on its funding for many years in a row, resulting in chronic under-funding compounded by the automatic cuts of sequestration. While we recently received news of decreases in homelessness, these NOFA cuts could mean we will reverse those downward trends and see increases in people experiencing homelessness.
Congress has the ability to increase resources for HUD’s Homeless Assistance Grants in FY 2014 and it must do so. We need increased funding in FY 2014 to ensure we keep up the progress we saw in the 2013 AHAR of ending homelessness in our communities.