Advocacy Update: McKinney Site Visit Campaign Launched!


Advocacy Update | August 8, 2012

National Alliance to End Homelessness - Advocacy Update
August 8, 2012

Launch of McKinney Site Visit Campaign

Last week, the Alliance hosted a webinar entitled "McKinney-Vento Site Visit Campaign." The webinar launched a campaign to encourage service providers receiving McKinney-Vento funding to host their Member of Congress for a tour of their program over the August and other upcoming congressional recesses. The webinar also provided details on the various fiscal year (FY) 2013 funding proposed for the Department of Housing and Urban Development's McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants, including an explanation of why the House of Representative's proposed funding level of $2.005 billion is insufficient to cover all Continuum of Care (CoC) renewals.  


Following the webinar, many communities have signed up to host their Member of Congress to conduct a site visit in the coming weeks! Site visits are a great opportunity to show the impact federal programs are having in a state or community and the importance of expanding key programs like HUD's Homeless Assistance Grants.

If you or your partner organizations are interested in hosting a site visit, please let us know! The Alliance would be happy to help you strategize, plan, and execute your site visit and work with you every step of the way!

We have numerous resources on our McKinney Site Visit webpage to assist you; including a recording of the webinar, a sample invitation, other sample materials, and further information on McKinney-Vento funding. We must work to ensure that all Members of Congress understand the positive impact these programs have and the need to ensure that all renewals are funded in FY 2013. We look forward to working with you on this exciting campaign!

Alliance Releases CoC Interim Rule Summary
The Alliance has released a short summary of the Continuum of Care (CoC) Interim Rule, published in the Federal Register on July 31, 2012. The interim rule implements changes made by the HEARTH Act of 2009 and will go into effect on August 30.

The summary highlights and reviews the following key topics in the interim rule:
  • Eligible activities for funding;  
  • Components of rapid re-housing assistance;  
  • Supportive Services (including substance abuse services);  
  • Serving people defined as "homeless" by different federal statutes;  
  • High-Performing Communities;  
  • Centralized/Coordinated Assessment systems;  
  • Continuum of Care boards;  
  • Unified Funding Agencies; and  
  • Administrative costs.   

The Alliance will publish draft comments in the coming weeks in order to assist our partners in submitting their own comments. Following the release of our draft comments, the Alliance will also be soliciting feedback from its partners. Communities have until October 1, 2012 to submit comments to HUD on the interim rule. For further information on the interim rule, click here.  

Endorse Proposal to Fund National Housing Trust Fund

The National Housing Trust Fund Campaign, organized by the National Low Income Housing Coalition, is seeking organizational endorsements of a proposal to reform the mortgage interest deduction and direct savings from the reform to the National Housing Trust Fund.   


Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), is planning on introducing the legislation in September. It is important to have a strong backing among low-income housing and homelessness advocates for the proposal to ensure it receives widespread support across Congress.  


For more information on the proposal, and to register your organization's endorsement, click here.    



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Kate Seif
Policy Outreach Coordinator 


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