Funding Level Unacceptable More Money Needed to End Homelessness
On May 7, 2014. the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released its fiscal year (FY) 2015 funding bill for programs under its jurisdiction, including all programs within HUD.
The legislation includes $2.105 billion for HUD’s McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants, the same amount as last year and $300 below the level proposed by the Administration.
Now, we need our Representatives to hear that HUD’s McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants need more funding!
Simply put, this funding level is unacceptable. Due to expiring multi-year grants and increased renewal demand, a $2.105 billion funding level would result in funding cuts to Continuums of Care. Communities would be required to once again make the difficult tiering/prioritization decisions they made for the FY 2013 NOFA. Flat funding for McKinney would mean a step back in our efforts to prevent and end homelessness in America.
Please call your Representative’s’ offices today! Ask to speak to the person who handles housing issues. Click here for a list of housing staffer for the New Jersey delegation’s offices in DC.
Ask them to urge their boss to provide increases for homeless assistance and affordable housing programs in the final FY 2015 funding legislation. Tell them the negative impact flat funding would have on your community’s programs.
Encourage others to call, too! Please forward this alert to your partners and anyone else interested in ensuring Congress robustly funds homeless assistance and low-income housing programs.
Let Kate Kelly know who you contacted and what they said!