Update from the National Alliance to End Homelessness:
Yesterday, the President released his fiscal year (FY) 2013 Budget Proposal, which included a proposed funding level of $2.231 billion for HUD’s McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants – 17 percent higher than the final FY 2012 level. This is a HUGE testament to the value that the Administration and HUD place on the great work that you do every day to prevent and end homelessness. Despite tight funding overall, the Administration has made a clear commitment to prioritize implementation of the HEARTH Act and the Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness. Congratulations!!
For more information on the Budget Proposal, please join our webinar at 1 p.m. ET tomorrow, February 15. We will review the federal budget process and do a rundown of the President’s Budget Proposal as it relates to homeless assistance and key low-income programs. Despite the relatively good news for targeted homeless assistance programs, the Budget includes cuts and flat funding to many important programs that provide a safety net to keep people out of homelessness. During the webinar, we’ll review the Budget Proposal and mention key opportunities to get involved in advocacy this year.
What is the Administration Proposing?
HUD’s full explanation behind the proposed funding level for HUD’s McKinney-Vento programs is available here, but the President’s proposed funding level of $2.231 billion would include:
- $286 million for the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) program;
- $5 million for the Rural Housing Stability Assistance program; and
- $1.94 billion for the Continuum of Care program, including:
- Renewing existing projects;
- $8 million for HMIS; and
- $22 million for new projects and CoC planning.
What Happens Next? How Can I Help?
The President’s Budget Proposal always kicks off the appropriations process, and soon Congress will hold hearings on the Budget Proposal and will begin drafting its own appropriations proposals. So, we’re ready to hit the ground running, and we hope you are, too! This year, we’ll kick the campaign off with a massive letter-writing effort to send as many letters as possible to our Members of Congress encouraging them to support the Administration’s request for funding HUD’s McKinney-Vento programs. These letters will help us to get maximum leverage out of the Administration’s proposal. We also look forward to working with you to arrange site visits, engage the media, and otherwise educate your congressional delegations on the importance of these critical programs.
In the coming days, we will be officially launching the FY 2013 McKinney Appropriations Campaign, so please keep an eye out for more information. In the meantime, don’t hesitate to let me know if you have any questions.
Once again, you should be very proud, as this budget clearly reflects the value that the Administration places on your incredible work to prevent and end homelessness in your communities and across the country. We look forward to working with you over the coming days and months on this important effort. Thank you so much for your commitment to ensuring that no man, woman, or child is homeless in the United States.