Call Congress today to increase funding for services to the homeless: Do it now!

written by naehblog
March 16, 2010

Do your part to ensure homeless assistance programs have adequate funding! Take the next step in our McKinney-Vento Appropriations campaign by calling your Congressional Representative right now.

Tomorrow is the last day YOUR federal Representative can sign the McKinney-Vento Appropriations Congressional Sign-On Letter. The letter – already being circulated in Congress – requests that McKinney-Vento programs receive $2.4 billion for the 2011 fiscal year.

As you already know, McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance programs are the cornerstone of the federal investment in preventing and ending homelessness – funding federal efforts, state plans, and providing financial assistance to your own, local programs. We need the estimated $2.4 billion to keep those local programs working and make the changes outlined in the HEARTH Act.

So here’s what you do:

1) Call the Congressional Switchboard at (202)224-3121.

2) Ask for your Representative.

If you don’t know who that is, you can find out here.35 Representatives are already signatories, and you can find out if yours is one by clicking here. (If your Congressperson has already signed on, call to say thanks!)

3) Ask for the staffer who works on housing issues.

4) Here’s what you can say:

I am calling to ask if your boss will support a funding level of $2.4 billion for HUD’s McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants program in FY 2011. Specifically, I would like Representative (______) to sign a Congressional sign-on letter regarding this funding request, which is being circulated by Representatives Moore (D-WI) and Davis (R-KY).

HUD’s McKinney program is the primary federal funding source for local efforts to reduce homelessness and help people move back into permanent housing. Nationally, they helped reduce homelessness by 11 percent between 2005 and 2008, before the recession.

It is critical that Congress provides a funding level of $2.4 billion for the program in order to fully implement the HEARTH Act, as well as provide our community with sufficient resources to continue making progress toward ending homelessness.

The deadline for the sign-on letter is tomorrow, March 17. Can I count on you to get Representative (_______) to sign on today?

5) Thank them for their support and/or ask if you can follow up with them tomorrow.

For more information about our ongoing campaign, visit the McKinney Appropriations Campaign website.