Advocacy Update: House HUD Funding Bill Expected Thursday

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Advocacy Update | June 5, 2012

National Alliance to End Homelessness - Advocacy Update
June 4, 2012


House to Release FY 2013 HUD Bill
This Thursday, June 7, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development (T-HUD) is scheduled to release and vote on its funding bill for fiscal year (FY) 2013.

We need YOUR help! Please contact your representatives TOMORROW and urge them to work with the leaders of the T-HUD Appropriations Subcommittee to ensure adequate funding for key affordable housing and homelessness programs, including:

  • $2.231 billion, as requested by the President, for HUD's McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants; and
  • $75 million for approximately 10,000 new HUD - Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) vouchers.

These and other key HUD programs, such as Section 8, are critical for advancing the movement to end homelessness once and for all.  

 

What You Can Do:

  1. Call your representatives' Washington, DC offices RIGHT AWAY. Ask to speak to the person who handles housing issues. Congressional office phone numbers can be found by calling the congressional switchboard at 202-224-3121.
  2. Explain the importance of HUD's McKinney-Vento programs and HUD-VASH for your community. Ask your representative to work with his/her colleagues on the HUD Appropriations Subcommittee to provide the President's requested funding levels for these key programs.  
  3. Tell us which office(s) you contacted by emailing Kate Seif at cseif@naeh.org.    
More Information 

The Senate Appropriations Committee approved its version of the legislation in April. The Senate bill included $75 million for new HUD-VASH vouchers and $2.146 billion for HUD's McKinney-Vento programs.

 

We need a strong recommendation from the House, in order to have the best chance when the two chambers negotiate a final, compromise funding bill.

 

Overall, the House T-HUD Appropriations Subcommittee has less money available to spend in its FY 2013 funding bill. However, as the House makes its funding recommendations, it is CRITICAL that representatives prioritize funding for key homeless assistance and affordable housing programs and make a clear statement that preventing and ending homelessness is a top federal priority.


Your voice is particularly important if your representative is a member of the T-HUD Appropriations Subcommittee.


It is up to us to educate our Members of Congress on why these programs are so important. So, we hope we can count on you to call right away! 

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