The full House, which voted on HUD funding legislation in early June, proposed to flat fund the program for FY 2015, providing only $2.105 billion for McKinney. This funding level would not be enough to fund all Continuum of Care renewals and would result in cuts to programs and difficult tiering and prioritization decisions to be made when communities complete the NOFA.
The Senate Appropriations Committee voted to provide a $40 million increase to the program. By Alliance estimates, this would possibly be enough to cover all renewals, but would provide NO funding for new projects.
Both the House and Senate’s proposed funding levels are unacceptably low, and as such, the Alliance is committed to urging Members of Congress to provide the funding level proposed by the Administration.
Monarch and NAEH, know that securing the Administration’s proposed $2.406 billion will be an uphill battle; however, when the funding process moves forward again we believe the Administration will place a renewed emphasis on securing the highest funding possible to ensure that we are able to serve as many people experiencing homelessness as possible. The Administration recently released its FY 2015 funding priorities, and McKinney is listed as one of the top programs on which they will focus.
In addition to hearing about the importance of this program from the Administration, Members of Congress need to hear from YOU!