Increase Federal Homeless Assistance Grant Funding in FY 2018 Budget
The National Alliance to End Homelessness (the Alliance) is asking partners in targeted districts represented by elected officials who oversee appropriations to encourage action to ensure the FY 2018 Budget spending caps are raised.
It is critical that funding for homeless assistance grants is a top priority. This appropriations push is critical between now and Wednesday, February 7, 2018. Please join Monarch Housing Associates in answering this call to advocacy.
On January 24, 2018, the NDD United Campaign sent Congress a letter calling for a bipartisan deal to raise the caps that maintains parity.
Click here to take action and ask U.S. Representative Rodney Frelinghuyen (NJ-R-11), U.S. Senator Cory Booker (NJ-D) and Senator Robert Menendez (NJ-D) to ensure that the spending caps are raised and that funding for homeless assistance grants is a top priority.
Rep. Frelinghuysen is a key target in his role as chair of the House Appropriations Committee. But advocates living outside of the 11th Congressional district are also encouraged to call or email their members.
Any House member and Senators Booker and Menendez should be encouraged to urge their Appropriations colleagues to ensure that spending caps are raised and that homeless assistance grants are a priority.
Taking ten minutes today call or email congress will help house 40,000 more people next year. These calls and emails only take a few minutes.
On January 17, 2018, the Alliance’s Steve Berg wrote in a blog post,
“After many delays and false starts, Congress is entering the final stage in its work to enact government spending levels for Fiscal Year 2018. This will be the climax of an amazing effort by advocates all over the country, to secure appropriate funding to help get homeless people into housing.
I want to thank everyone who’s advocated for better funding throughout last year and into this. The Congressional offices we visit have a good understanding of how homelessness affects their communities, what constituents are doing about it, and how federal funding is making a difference. This is because people working on homelessness have made hundreds of calls, sent thousands of emails, and met in person to build relationships with Representatives and Senators and their staffs.”
Berg wrote that during the discussions about t raising overall caps on spending, “It is important that homelessness is at the top of decision makers’ minds. For that to happen, your leaders need to know that homelessness programs are working in their communities, and that increased resources need to be part of the final budget deal. We will then need to keep a steady drumbeat of advocacy going, until final, detailed spending bills are enacted, probably in February.”
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