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Congressional Reception Partner use Critical Federal Homelessness Funding to Serve Individuals and Families

As part of a five-week series to highlight each of the 2019 Federal Policy Priorities for the July 24 Congressional Reception, Monarch Housing focused on Housing and Services this week.

At the Congressional Reception, we will ask our elected officials in Washington to support an increase to the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance program of $217 million, for a total $2.6 billion in funding. McKinney-Vento provides funds for necessary services and resources such as supportive housing, shelter plus care, emergency assistance and more for Americans facing homelessness.

The theme of this year’s Congressional Reception is Opportunity Starts at Home: Building a Necessary and Secure Foundation for Healthy Communities. 

McKinney Vento funding serves households with disabilities include mental health, substance abuse, HIV/AIDS and domestic violence.

Many of the 27 2019 Congressional Reception Partners, to date, are non profit organizations relying on funding through the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance program to serve their clients.

Partner organizations use McKinney-Vento funding to end homelessness in counties across New Jersey including Atlantic, Bergen, Cape May, Camden, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Morris, Passic, Somerset, Sussex, Warren

Partner organizations using McKinney-Vento funding provide not only housing and housing assistance but the mental health, case management, counseling and other services that assist individuals and families in exiting homelessness and staying housed.

An increase of $2.6 billion for McKinney-Vento Homelessness Grants would mean that these organizations and others across New Jersey  can continue to provide and even expand their services in order to help more people who are impacted by homelessness.

In January of this year, the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)  announced that over $44 million was awarded to support over 200 Continuum of Care projects in New Jersey. This funding was awarded through the competitive CoC grant application process. CoC funding provides support to programs serving those experiencing homelessness with a goal of helping communities quickly rehouse individuals and families while working to minimize the trauma caused by homelessness.

An increase in McKinney-Vento funding could increase HUD CoC awards to New Jersey in future years.

Please register today for the July 24 Congressional Reception and help us tell our elected officials in Washington, just how necessary the increase is to ensure that Opportunity Starts at Home for all Americans