Funding to End Chronic Homelessness
Maintains Work to End Veteran Homelessness

President ObamaPresident Barack Obama’s Fiscal year (FY) 17 budget request seeks a long-overdue, significant investment in federal efforts to end homelessness for all families by 2020.

For FY17, the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is requesting Congress:

  1. to provide $88 million for 10,000 new housing choice vouchers for homeless families with children,
  2. funding for 25,000 new permanent supportive housing units to help end chronically homeless,
  3. and funds to provide 8,000 families with rapid rehousing assistance.

The request relays the President’s FY17 budget priorities to Congress and also provides increases to ensure the renewal of assistance provided by the housing choice voucher program.

In addition, HUD announced a legislative proposal where it will seek $11 billion in mandatory spending over the next 10 years to serve a total of 550,000 families with additional vouchers, permanent supportive housing, and rapid rehousing assistance.

For the ten-year $11 billion Homeless Assistance for Families program, which would be run through HUD’s Continuum of Care framework in partnership with local public housing agencies, HUD estimates approximately 20% of the funds will be used to support rapid rehousing, and 80% of the funds will support housing choice vouchers.

In his assessment of President Obama’s 2017 budget, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities President Robert Greenstein writes that the proposal “shows that we can address key unmet national needs and substantially reduce deficits at the same time.”

“The budget proposes major initiatives to increase economic opportunity, reduce poverty, and boost investment in infrastructure and other activities important to raising productivity and long-term growth. The Obama budget is designed to chart a path for the nation’s future and, as such, it puts key ideas and proposals on the table for debate this year and in the years ahead.”

Greenstein said.

Other Highlights include:

  1. It appears that there is no new funding for the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) program. HUD-VASH vouchers currently in circulation or soon to be in circulation would be funded.
  2. The exception is the proposed $7 million to renew the tribal HUD-VASH that has already been funded.
  3. The request would level fund HOME at FY16’s funding of $950 million.
  4. HUD predicts the National Housing Trust Fund (NHTF) will receive $136 million in 2017, compared to the $182 million the Administration predicts will be available through the NHTF in 2016.

Groups concerned about transportation, housing, community development, and homelessness are once again working together to urge Congress to provide the highest possible funding level for the one appropriations subcommittee that funds all of these program areas, the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) Subcommittee.

Congress will soon decide how to divide its available spending for the next fiscal year, FY2017, among the 12 appropriations subcommittees. These subcommittee allocations are referred to as the “302b allocations.”

Please join Monarch Housing Associates in signing on to the letter by the Friday, February 29, 2016 deadline and join us in Washington for the Congressional Reception. The Deadline has been extended until Monday the 29th.

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