Advocacy Update: National HUD Funding Call-In Day!


Advocacy Update | December 2, 2013

National Alliance to End Homelessness - Advocacy Update
December 2, 2013
National HUD Funding Call-In Day!
Tomorrow, Tuesday, December 3, is "National HUD Funding Call-In Day!" As early as next week, the conference committee tasked with coming up with a topline spending level for fiscal year (FY) 2014 is expected to come to some sort of deal that will set FY 2014 spending levels and may replace sequestration. The deal, and subsequent spending decisions over the next few weeks, could have a tremendous negative impact on funding for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Join the Alliance and its partners across the country to call your Members of Congress TOMORROW to tell them the negative impacts further funding cuts would have on your communities and the need for more HUD funding!

We must make sure to impart to our Members the importance of housing and homelessness programs in our communities before a final deal is made. Call your Members of Congress TOMORROW as part of a National Call-In Day!


Here's what you can do: 

  1. Call your Senators and Representative(s) TOMORROW and ask to speak to the person who handles housing issues. You can reach their offices by calling 866.898.2624.
  2. Use these talking points to explain how cuts to HUD programs will negatively impact your community.
  3. Let us know if you have any questions and/or which office(s) you contacted!  
More Information 

We must urge the conference committee to replace sequestration in order to protect HUD funding before the conference committee's December 13 deadline to issue a report to Congress. Coming to agreement on an FY 2014 budget that cancels sequestration will allow appropriators to pass individual funding bills instead of a continuing resolution (a long-term stopgap funding measure at FY 2013 funding levels), which would harm housing and community development programs. Key HUD programs like the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants will fare far better in an individual funding bill than a stopgap funding measure. Following the cuts in the FY 2013 NOFA (see below), we can't afford further cuts!


We must seize this opportunity to impact the conference committee and work to make homelessness a thing of the past. Take this opportunity to call your Members' offices and tell them how important these programs are to your community. A ten-minute call could have a tremendous impact on funding for people at risk of or experiencing homelessness.


FY 2013 NOFA Advocacy Webinar
HUD released the FY 2013 Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) on November 22. Continuums of Care will now have approximately 2 months to submit their funding applications. Due to sequestration, the NOFA requires communities to tier their programs and suggests that up to 5 percent of Continuum of Care programs could be cut.
These cuts will have a serious impact on our efforts to prevent and end homelessness. They are a direct result of congressional funding decisions and we must let our Members of Congress know that these cuts are unacceptable. While the next few months will be extremely busy, please take this opportunity to let your Members know that FY 2014 offers an opportunity to replace lost funding for these vital programs. We must ensure that we never have to make cuts to our homeless assistance programs again.
On December 17 at 2:00 p.m. ET, the Alliance is hosting a webinar on the NOFA. It will feature Alliance staff discussing the details of the NOFA, the best approach for your applications, and how to seize this opportunity to make a tremendous advocacy impact. To register for the webinar, please click here. For further information on the NOFA, please click here.
Conference Committee Talking Points

Homeless Assistance Needs an Increase

NOFA Webinar
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Kate Seif 
Policy Outreach Coordinator 
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