Advocacy Update: McKinney Site Visit Campaign


Advocacy Update | July 27, 2012

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

Site Visit Campaign to Secure Increased McKinney-Vento Resources

Next Thursday, August 2 at 2:00 p.m. ET, the Alliance will host a webinar entitled "McKinney-Vento Site Visit Campaign." The webinar will provide further details on the fiscal year (FY) 2013 funding proposals for McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants within the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), including information on how the funding level proposed by the House of Representatives is insufficient to cover all Continuum of Care (CoC) renewals.  


In conjunction with the funding update, the webinar will launch a site visit campaign encouraging advocates to host their Members of Congress for a site visit of their McKinney-funded programs during the August congressional recess and other fall recesses leading up to the election. The webinar will include insider "tips and tricks" for scheduling and executing these effective site visits and discuss the important impact they can have as Members of Congress work to make the final FY 2013 funding decisions for HUD's McKinney-Vento programs.  

The webinar will feature the Alliance's Steve Berg, Vice President of Programs and Policy, and Kate Seif, Policy Outreach Coordinator for the Alliance.   


For more information on the webinar, and to register, please click here

House Appropriations Subcommittee Marks Up HHS Funding Bill
Last Wednesday, July 18, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), Education and Related Agencies marked up its draft FY 2013 funding legislation. Proposed FY 2013 funding levels for the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA) program, the Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) program, SAMHSA Homeless Services, PATH, the Homeless Veteran Reintegration Program (HVRP), and many others have not yet been released.

The full Appropriations Committee is able to make changes to the legislation any may consider it soon. We can still impact the funding levels for key programs like RHYA.

Here's What You Can Do:
  1. Call your representatives' offices THIS WEEK! Ask to speak to the person who handles youth issues. You can use the congressional switchboard to reach your Members' offices at (202) 224-3121.
  2. Explain to them the importance of RHYA programs in your community. Use these talking points to assist you.
  3. Ask the staff person to have his/her boss work with his/her colleagues on the Appropriations Committee to provide $127 million for RHYA in FY 2013.
  4. Let us know which office(s) you contacted!

The full House Appropriations Committee has not yet scheduled a mark up of the legislation, though it may do so in the coming weeks; at that time, further details on the proposed funding levels for these programs will be available.  

Senate Hearing on Section 8 Reform Bills
The Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation, and Community Development of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs is holding a hearing on Wednesday, August 1 entitled, "Streamlining and Strengthening HUD's Rental Housing Assistance Programs." This hearing is a critical step in congressional action on rental housing programs.

It is crucial that as many Senate housing staff members as possible attend the hearing in order to better understand the Section 8 program and issues surrounding reform legislation. We need your help ensuring your senators' housing staff members attend the hearing next Wednesday!

Here's What You Can Do:
  1. Call your senators' offices and ask to speak to the person who works on housing issues. You can find your senators' numbers by using the congressional switchboard at (202) 224-3121.  
  2. Explain the importance of Section 8 and other rental housing programs in your community and the need for reform and improvements to those programs. Use these talking points as a guide. Encourage them to attend the August 1 briefing to learn more.  
  3. Let us know which office(s) you contacted!  

More Information

The House Subcommittee on Insurance, Housing and Community Opportunity has released discussion drafts on Section 8 reform legislation entitled the Affordable Housing and Self-Sufficiency Improvement Act (AHSSIA), though legislation has not moved beyond the Subcommittee. For more information on Section 8 reform, please click here.  



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Kate Seif
Policy Outreach Coordinator 


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