Here's What You Can Do:
Help us send at least 300 letters to Members of Congress!
1. Send letters to ALL of your Members of Congress!
a. Direct them to the attention of the person who handles housing issues. (You can find out who this person is by calling your Senators' and Representatives' offices. Or, we can help you find the right contact information).
2. Ask others to send letters, too!
a. Email colleagues these sample letters and ask them to send letters, too.
b. Forward this Quarterly Advocacy Update or this sample action alert to your email networks and ask them to send letters to their Members of Congress.
c. You can also share on social media that you wrote to your members of Congress and encourage others to do so using #FundMcKinney and #WriteLetterstoCongress! and linking to our Letter Writing Campaign website or this Quarterly Advocacy Update.
3. Let us know how many letters you send!
a. Email Julie Klein or Jaime Colman. This is especially important so we can keep track of our progress toward our goal!
More Information on FY 2015 Funding
The Administration's proposed $301 million increase to McKinney is sorely needed. Sequestration cuts put a tremendous strain on our homeless assistance systems, and expiring multi-year grants further reduce capacity. The House version of the bill, which flat-funded McKinney at $2.105 billion, would result in cuts to Continuums of Care, and if enacted, communities will once again be faced with the difficult tiering and prioritization decisions they made for the FY 2013 NOFA. The Senate version of the bill, which provided a small $40 million increase to $2.145 billion, would likely be enough to cover renewals from FY 2014, but it is very unlikely that it would provide funding to expand ESG programs and it would not provide any additional funding for new projects.
Furthermore, it is likely that the HUD budget will be particularly strained in upcoming fiscal years. It is critical that we send a clear message to Congress that they need to follow through with this increase in FY 2015. Please customize and send letters to your Members of Congress TODAY!