Advocacy Update: House McKinney Letter Circulates!


Advocacy Update | March 7, 2012

National Alliance to End Homelessness - Advocacy Update
March 7, 2012

House McKinney Sign-On Letter Circulating
Representative Gwen Moore (D-WI) is circulating a congressional sign-on letter to her colleagues in the House, requesting a funding level of $2.23 billion for HUD's McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants in fiscal year (FY) 2013. The deadline for members of the U.S. House of Representatives to join the letter is next Tuesday, March 13. 


We need your help getting as many representatives' signatures as possible!  


What You Can Do: 

  1. Contact the housing staff person in your representatives' Washington, DC offices RIGHT AWAY. Let us know if you need help finding out who this person is.  
  2. Ask the staff person if his/her boss will join Rep. Moore's letter. A sample letter and  talking points are available. If they say...
    • YES - Say "Great! Contact Sean Gard in Rep. Moore's office at 202.225.4572 to join."
    • NO - Ask if they would be willing to submit a FY 2013 programmatic request to fund HUD's McKinney-Vento programs at the level requested by the President (see below for more information).
    • MAYBE - Ask when you can follow up on your request.
  3. Tell us what you learn! Just email Kate Seif at with the name of the office(s) you contacted and what their response was.

The House HUD Appropriations Subcommittee is accepting "programmatic requests" for the FY 2013 appropriations process. Programmatic requests are requests by congressional offices to fund specific federal programs at a particular funding level. This year, these programmatic requests are due by Tuesday, March 20 in the House.   


Given the tight turnaround, Representative Moore is circulating a congressional sign-on letter for HUD's McKinney-Vento programs to make it easier for her colleagues to support a funding level of $2.23 billion. Representatives can either join the sign-on letter or submit their own programmatic request to register their support for funding HUD's McKinney-Vento programs at the level requested by the President for FY 2013 - $2.23 billion. Both methods of support would be very helpful! Some representatives may not be able to join the sign-on letter, but they can submit an individual, private programmatic request.


Please note that this sign-on letter is for U.S. Representatives to express their commitment to funding HUD's McKinney-Vento programs. Organizations and advocates are unable to join the letter.  



The programmatic requests are due on March 23. To ensure that the sign-on letter is submitted in time, the deadline for Representatives to join Representative Moore's letter is next Tuesday, March 13. The House is expected to begin drafting FY 2013 appropriations bills as soon as April.


Rep. Moore's Sign-On Letter 


Sample House Letter 


 Sample McKinney Talking Points 


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Amanda Benton
Director of Policy Outreach


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