We're extending the McKinney-Vento Approps Campaign!

written by naehblog
February 22, 2010

In case you missed it – the Alliance is extending our McKinney-Vento Appropriations Campaign! So for all of you out there who are looking for ways to get involved and do something about homelessness – this is your chance.

Recap: This month we’ve talked a lot about the President Obama’s budget proposal, and specifically about the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Programs. The McKinney-Vento Homelessness Assistance programs represent the largest federal investment and homeless assistance funding, and President Obama requested a ten percent – or $190 million – increase in his budget proposal.

The ten percent bump? Great step.

But here at the Alliance, we know that much more money is going to be needed to sustain McKinney-Vento programs all the while implementing the new HEARTH Act, the reauthorization of the McKinney-Vento programs that are making the first significant changes/updates to the program in nearly 20 years. The HEARTH Act does a LOT of great things: allocates millions more to homelessness prevention, rapidly re-housing homeless families, and providing permanent supportive housing for homeless people with disabilities. It also modernizes and streamlines housing and services to more efficiently meet the needs of people seeking assistance.

But it’s all gonna cost more money.

So we launched a our McKinney Vento Appropriations Campaign. We’re asking local, engaged activists (like you!) to write letters to your member of Congress, urging them to raise McKinney-Vento funding to $2.4 billion. We know it sounds like a lot – but according to our calculations, it’s exactly what we need to continue our existing McKinney-Vento programs and implement the HEARTH Act provisions.

And that’s not all! We’re extending the deadline for the letter writing campaign to Monday, March 1! The recent snowstorms that hit Washington, D.C. closed Congress all last week – delaying the usual Congressional calendar. So you STILL HAVE TIME to get involved!

Here’s what you have to do:

  • Find out who you’re Congress member is (and his/her address). You can do that here.
  • Write a letter to your Member urging them to increase McKinney-Vento funding to $2.4 billion dollars.
  • Send the letter off to Congress!
  • MOST IMPORTANT: Send us a copy! You can email your letter to Amanda Krusemark.

And don’t forget! Whoever gets the MOST letters to Congress will win a special invitation to a Capitol Hill Day in late March, courtesy of the Alliance. See the website for contest details.

(For more homeless assistance budget highlights, check out our budget blogpost. The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities published a great explanation on the entire federal budget process which you can find here.)