Renew and Restore Voucher Funding and Assistance for the Homeless

Affordable Housing Key to Ending Homelessness

Hill UpdateAs Congress continues working on the fiscal year (FY) 2016 spending bills, now is the time to ask Senators Menendez and Booker to renew and restore voucher funding and make homelessness assistance a priority.

Last week the House Appropriations Committee passed their version of the Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development (T-HUD) bill, including:

  • Funding for the Housing Choice Voucher Program at $18.151 billion – a $665 million increase over the FY 2015 enacted funding level. This increase would not be enough to renew all vouchers families are using this year.
  • Funding the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants program at $2.185 billion – a $50 million increase over the FY 2015 enacted funding level. This level only allows programs to operate at their current capacities, without providing any new housing resources.

Please take a minute today to email the housing staffers in New Jersey’s U.S. Senators’ DC offices:

Sen. Robert Menendez
Housing Staff: Brian Chernoff
Phone: 202-224-4744

Sen. Cory Booker
Housing Staff: Adam Zipkin or Matt Thomson
Phone: 202-224-3224

Tell the housing staffers to urge their bosses to contact the Chair or Ranking Member of the Appropriations Committee and tell them that providing the following funding in FY2016 is the key to ending homelessness:

  • $18.3 billion to renew all vouchers in use at the end of 2015 and an additional $512 million to restore the 67,000 vouchers lost to sequestration and target those vouchers to homelessness and other vulnerable populations
  • $2.02 billion for administrative fees to help housing authorities administer the Housing Choice Voucher program, and
  • $2.480 billion for the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants program in FY 2016.

Please email Kate Kelly with any feedback that you receive from the Senate offices.