The House Subcommittee on HUD funding released FY 2015 legislation that would flat fund HUD’s McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants. Flat funding at $2.105 billion – $300 million less than the amount requested by the Administration for FY 2015 – would result in across-the-board cuts to many CoCs, similar to those experienced following sequestration cuts in the FY 2013 NOFA.
The full House Appropriations Committee marked up and approved the funding legislation on May 21, 2014. And the Senate will move forward with its own funding bills the week of May 26, 2014 after Memorial Day.
It is imperative that we ensure that Senators Booker and Menendez understand the need for increased McKinney funding in FY 2015. Good progress has been made in recent years, despite the slow economic recovery and lack of resources for new projects. Now we must now begin to take significant steps forward, particularly in our efforts to end chronic homelessness. We know what works to end homelessness, and, for the most part, we have the tools to do so at our disposal but adequate resources are needed!
Contact Senator Booker and Menendez’s housing staffers and ask them to urge their bosses to work with their colleagues on the Appropriations Committees to ensure that HUD’s McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants receive a $300 million increase in FY 2015. Click here for contact information for the two Senate offices in D.C.
Email Kate Kelly and let her know how your emails and/or calls went.