McKinney-Vento Funding Update

Advocacy Needed Now for
Homeless Assistance Grants

Homes for the HomelessCongress is continuing its work on fiscal year (FY) 2015 funding for the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants.

To recap activity to date, the Administration has proposed a funding level of $2.406 billion for McKinney in FY 2015, a fantastic $300 million increase over the FY 2014 funding level.

This funding level would get us a long way toward ending chronic homelessness by the end of 2016 by providing dedicated funding for new permanent supportive housing projects.

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!

Congressional Housing Staffers

These next few months will require a steady stream of advocacy to ensure we will not have to cut our programs. For the first time in many years, we may even have the opportunity to expand!

We can no longer allow Congress to use the excuse of a difficult funding environment – we must work to move these programs forward and reach our goal of ending chronic homelessness by the end of 2016!

Join us on July 31, 2014, in Washington for Hill Day and let Congress know the importance of adequate funding to end homelessness.