“Non-defense discretionary (NDD) spending (which includes HUD funding to end homelessness) is still below 2010 levels when you adjust for inflation.” Said Sperling, “In terms of NDD spending, the trend is disturbing. We’re going in the wrong direction.”
He urged workshop attendees to push for an increase in NDD, “None of what we do in DC matters without you.”
The Alliance’s Steve Berg said, “The Murray-Ryan deal undid sequestration a little but there will be big holes in HUD’s budget.” He charged the audience with the following goals for ending homelessness in 2015:
Prevent further downsizing of funding and
Recover more funding lost to sequestration
Concluded Berg, “Homelessness is a bipartisan issue. It’s up to us to inform our representatives that we can end it.”
Monarch Housing will work with the Alliance to continue to bring you the latest information and action alerts from the Hill.
With such a tight federal budget, programs serving the homeless should be a priority and get a portion of whatever increases happen in the budget! We need to remember that funding decisions are not made by the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) but by Congress and continue to reach out to our delegation in Washington.