Urge House Appropriations Chair Rodney Frelinghuysen to Champion Funding to End Homelessness
At this point in the Appropriations process, House Appropriations Chair Rodney Frelinghuysen (NJ-R-11) can have a giant impact on how federal funds get spent on over the rest of Fiscal Year 2018.
The Transportation and Housing and Urban Development (T-HUD) bill needs a $217 million increase to expand the capacity to meet the needs of the homeless population and prevent homelessness.
An opportunity for this increase opened last week when Congress increased the overall spending cap levels for Non-Defense Discretionary appropriations. After a series of delays, continuing resolutions, and even a brief government shut down, Congress reached a deal on the Fiscal Year 2018 budget that also raised the spending cap for defense programs.
- Funding for Homeless Assistance,
- Tenant-Based Rental Assistance (Section 8 Vouchers) and
- HUD-VA Supportive Housing Program Vouchers.
Increasing funding for the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants by $217 million, to a total of $2.6 billion for FY 2018, would allow 40,000 additional people to move from homelessness into housing, enough to match the increasing number of people losing housing and becoming homeless.
As the chair of the House Appropriations Committee, Congressman Frelinghuysen will be deciding, together with his counterpart in the Senate, how much money each subcommittee gets.
If you live in or work in Congressman Frelinghuysen’s district, the 11th Congressional district, this week is the time to email Congressman Frelinghusyen’s office and stress the importance of increased funding for HUD programs. Your voice can have an impact!
- The line items in the federal HUD budget affected by New Jersey’s rapidly rising rents and affordable housing crisis are especially important.
- It is critical that funding for homelessness programs is increased by $217 million.
- The increase in funding will assist the large number of people who are expected to become homeless next year due to rising rents and evictions.
- Communities need funding for tools to prevent homelessness from rising in the face of more people being priced out of rental markets.
On Thursday, February 22nd at 11:00 a.m., the National Alliance to End Homelessness (the Alliance) will host a webinar on the President’s fiscal year (FY) 2019 Budget Proposal. This webinar will launch the Alliance’s FY 2019 advocacy campaign focused on increased funding for homeless assistance programs and defense against harmful cuts to the social safety net.
Speakers will provide a brief overview of the federal budget and appropriations process and analysis of the Administration’s proposed funding levels and policy changes targeting key programs that serve people experiencing homelessness.