We Need YOUR Help! Save our McKinney-Vento Letter Campaign!!

written by naehblog
February 24, 2010

People of the blogosphere, we need your help!

Our McKinney-Vento Appropriates Letter-Writing campaign is rapidly drawing to a close and we need you to be part of our final push!

Our goal: to convince Congress to raise funding for the McKinney Vento programs to $2.4 billion dollars.

So we need YOU to write letters to your legislators.

And if your state is on the list below, you’re even MORE important. Your legislator is on a key committee discussing this very issue: homeless assistance funding.

$2.4 billion is a steep price – we know that – but we’ve done the math. And $2.4 billion is what’s necessary to continue to the existing homeless assistance programs in your local communities AND implement the HEARTH Act (the reauthorization of McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance programs that modernize and streamline the system).

So have a heart. Check out the list and the sample letter below, and if you’re so inclined, email the letter to us. We’ll collect the letters, disseminate them to the right offices, and make sure that our government knows we care.

Check out the sample letter below, feel free to edit as you see fit, and click “send.” And don’t hesitate toshoot us an email if you have any questions. (You can also find us on Twitter – @naehomelessness – or our Facebook page.)

Sample Letter
Dear Senator:

I would like to thank you for your commitment to ending homelessness and for enacting the HEARTH Act last year, which reauthorized HUD’s McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants program. Please continue to show your support for this program by asking the leaders of both the Budget Committee and the Appropriations Committee to provide the necessary funding level of $2.4 billion—a 28 percent increase over last year’s level—for HUD’s Homeless Assistance Grants in FY 2011.

The HEARTH Act changes the way funds are allocated and increases funding for homelessness prevention, assistance to families with children, and rural programs. However, without a funding level of $2.4 billion to pay for these activities, my community will likely get little to no funding for new projects in FY 2011.

HUD’s Homeless Assistance Grants are critical to our ability to make progress in preventing and ending homelessness. We hope we can count on you to sign a Congressional letter regarding this appropriations request, which we expect to begin circulating in early February.