Booker and Menendez Support Homelessness, Section 8 and HOME Program

Sign Appropriations Letters for Funding to
End Homelessness and Create Affordable Housing

In March, U.S. Senators Cory Booker and Robert Menendez signed Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Kristen Gillibrand’s (D-NY) letter supporting the Administration’s request for $2.664 billion for HUD’s McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants and $20.854 billion for HUD’s Housing Choice Voucher program, in fiscal year (FY) 2017.

The letter was sent to the leaders of the HUD Appropriations Subcommittee.

Senators Booker and Menendez also signed Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Chris Coons (D-DE) supporting $1.2 billion in robust HOME funding in fiscal year (FY) 2017.

This letter was also sent to the HUD Appropriations letter.

By signing these letters, Senators Booker and Menendez are helping to create homes families can afford and end homelessness in New Jersey.

A $414 million increase to $2.644B for HUD’s McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants program would provide enough funding to maintain Continuum of Care (CoC) and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) capacity as well as:

  • 25,500 more units of permanent supportive housing (PSH) to finally end chronic homelessness.
  • 8,000 more rapid re-housing (RRH) interventions for families with children.
  • $25 million to test innovative projects to support homeless youth which would expand HUD’s project to demonstrate how a comprehensive approach to serving homeless youth, age 24 and under, can dramatically reduce youth homelessness.

$20.9 billion for Housing Choice Vouchers (Tenant-Based Rental Assistance) would help families live in higher-opportunity neighborhoods and help reduce family homelessness. This funding would:

  • Renew assistance for all families currently using Housing Choice Vouchers.
  • Provide $88 million for 10,000 new vouchers for homeless families with children.
  • Provide $2.08 billion for housing agencies to effectively administer the program.

McKinney-Vento Letter