Making Homes for the Homeless in New Jersey a reality relies on funding for key federal public policy priorities for Fiscal Year 2016 (FY 2016.)
The National Alliance to End Homelessness has prepared a discretionary homeless budget chart for FY 2016. This provides a helpful guide to where funding for key homelessness programs falls in the federal budget.
For example, funding for the McKinney-Vento and Housing Choice Voucher (Tenant Based Rental Assistance) programs falls under the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) budget while funding for Runway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA) programs falls under the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) budget.
Our federal public priorities tied to federal budget funding include:
Support a funding increase for both the HOME and McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants programs. The McKinney-Vento funding program needs a robust increase to fund enough permanent supportive housing to end chronic homelessness and expand rapid re-housing and prevention programs.
Restore Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers (Tenant Based Rental Assistance)
Provide sufficient funding to renew all Housing Choice Vouchers (Section 8) in use in 2015 and include in the FY 2016 appropriations an additional $512 million for 67,000-targeted vouchers to restore the vouchers lost to sequestration
Target new vouchers to vulnerable populations including homeless families, veterans who are unable to receive HUD-VASH vouchers, victims of domestic and dating violence, and Family Unification Program families