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Advocacy Update | February 27, 2012

National Alliance to End Homelessness - Advocacy Update
February 27, 2012


Alliance Launches FY 2013 Campaigns 

Last week, the Alliance launched three advocacy campaigns targeted toward increased fiscal year (FY) 2013 funding. The three campaigns focus on the following:   

 

In addition to the campaign pages linked above, the Alliance has dedicated mailing lists for each of these campaigns that provide the most up-to-date information and action alerts related to these issues. Please email Kate Seif at cseif@naeh.org if you are interested in joining either the McKinney, RHYA, or veterans campaign mailing lists.  

 

Please read on for more information on each of these key opportunities!

 

Help Secure a 17 Percent Increase to McKinney! 

The President's FY 2013 Budget Proposal called for a 17 percent increase in funding for HUD's McKinney-Vento programs, to $2.231 billion. This would be the largest one-year increase to homeless assistance in nearly 20 years!

 

We need YOUR help to make this proposal a reality! Representatives have until March 20 to submit their official list of FY 2013 funding priorities, and we need to make sure their lists include $2.231 billion for HUD's McKinney-Vento programs. Let's send as MANY letters as possible to Members of Congress by March 20.

 

What You Can Do:

  1. Email/fax the housing staff members of your representatives and senators RIGHT AWAY! Use this sample letter as a guide.
  2. Ask colleagues, partners, and consumers to send letters, too! A sample action alert is available here.
  3. Let us know how many letters you send! Email Kate Seif at cseif@naeh.org.

More sample letters, including letters to print out and bring to coalition meetings for your partners to complete by hand, are available on the FY 2013 McKinney Campaign website.

 

More Information

On February 13, the Administration released its FY 2013 Budget Proposal, which included a request for Congress to provide $2.231 billion for HUD's McKinney-Vento programs. Now, Members of Congress get a chance to review the Administration's proposal and submit their own priorities to the Appropriations Committees. Representatives have until March 20 to do so, and senators have until March 23.

 

Policymakers have already agreed to the overall amount of funding available to the Appropriations Committees for FY 2013 through last year's debt reduction deal. As a result, the House and Senate are planning to write and vote on their appropriations bills sooner than normal - possibly as soon as May or June. So, NOW is the time for action!

 

For more information, visit the campaign website. If you are interested in joining the FY 2013 McKinney Campaign, please email Kate Seif at cseif@naeh.org.

 

Increase Resources for Homeless Youth

The President's FY 2013 Budget Proposal called for maintaining flat funding RHYA programs at $115 million. The Alliance has launched a campaign with the National Network for Youth (NN4Youth) to ensure that Congress makes ending youth homelessness a priority in FY 2013. We need YOUR help ensuring that Congress provides at least $127 million for this key program to maintain existing programs and to better serve this vulnerable population.

Because the congressional deadlines are the same for RHYA requests (see article above), we are seeking to send as many letters as possible by March 20.  

What You Can Do:

  1. Email/fax the staff members who work on youth/family issues in your representatives' and senators' offices RIGHT AWAY! Use this sample letter as a guide.
  2. Ask colleagues, partners, and consumers to send letters, too! 
  3. Let us know how many letters you send! Email Kate Seif at cseif@naeh.org.
For more information, visit the campaign website or email Kate Seif!
Work to End Veteran Homelessness by 2015

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has made great strides in recent years in reducing homelessness among veterans.  In order to meet VA's goal of ending veteran homelessness by 2015, we must have continued federal investment in key programs like the HUD-VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) voucher program, the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program, and the Grant and Per Diem program.

The President's FY 2013 Budget Proposal recommended funding homeless programs within VA at $1.35 billion - which represents more than a 30 percent increase to these programs!

We need your help to make sure Congress continues to make ending veteran homelessness a priority. Let's send as many letters as possible to our senators and representatives before March 20 urging them to support a funding increase for homeless veteran programs!

What You Can Do:

  1. Email/fax the staff members who work on veterans issues in your representatives' and senators' offices RIGHT AWAY! Use this sample letter as a guide.
  2. Ask colleagues, partners, and consumers to send letters, too! 
  3. Let us know how many letters you send! Email Kate Seif at cseif@naeh.org.
For more information on veterans homelessness and this particular campaign, please visit the FY 2013 Veterans Campaign website or email Kate Seif!

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