Would Restore Sequestration Losses
Significantly Increase McKinney-Vento Funding
The President’s 2016 Budget request includes 67,000 vouchers to restore the vouchers lost to sequestration.
30,000 of these vouchers are targeted to vulnerable populations:
- 22,500 for #homelessfamilies, #homelessveterans (without regard to discharge status), tribal families and survivors of domestic or dating violence;
- 5,000 vouchers to implement the emergency transfer provision of Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), and
- 2,500 Family Unification Program (FUP) vouchers.
The President’s budget provides a much-needed boost in funding for Housing Choice Vouchers, which have been cut deeply over the past several years. This is welcome news for tens of thousands of New Jersey families who struggle to keep a roof over their heads because of unaffordable housing costs. The budget restores a total of 67,000 vouchers that were lost due to the across-the-board spending cuts enacted in March 2013 known as ‘sequestration’.
Building on a successful strategy that has sharply reduced homelessness among veterans, the President’s proposal would target 30,000 of these vouchers to families with children and others in immediate need of a stable home, including homeless veterans and victims of domestic violence and their children.
Targeting vouchers to the most vulnerable both reduces homelessness and provides safety and stability to families, particularly to children, which can help to improve their health, school performance and chances of long-term success in life.
The Obama Administration’s Budget Proposal will now be considered and debated by the US Congress.
In recent years, the Administration proposed significant increases for the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants and other programs impacting vulnerable populations.
In addition, the budget proposal:
- Once again, increases funding for McKinney-Vento #Homelessness Assistance to $2.4 billion for contract renewals, new supportive housing for chronically homeless and emergency solutions,
- Promotes Systems Integration to Improve Outcomes, and
- Emphasizes Results-oriented, Evidence-Based Practices