Advocacy Update: Senate McKinney and Organizational Sign-On Letters


Advocacy Update | March 14, 2012

National Alliance to End Homelessness - Advocacy Update
March 14, 2012

Senate McKinney, HUD-VASH Letter Circulates
Last night, Senators Jack Reed (D-RI), Olympia Snowe (R-ME), and Charles Schumer (D-NY) began asking their colleagues in the Senate to join a letter in support of robust funding in fiscal year (FY) 2013 for McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants within the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), as well as for the joint HUD - Department of Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program. The deadline for senators to join the letter is next Tuesday, March 20.
The timing couldn't be more perfect - the Senate letter began circulating just as the House McKinney letter closed with an impressive 55 signatures! To see the final list of representatives who joined the House letter, click here

After the strong showing in the House, let's turn our attention to the Senate and get as many senators as possible to join the bipartisan Reed-Snowe-Schumer letter!


What You Can Do:


Find out if your senator joined a similar letter last year by clicking here.


  1. Contact the housing staff members in your senators' Washington, DC offices. Use this sample letter as a template.
  2. Urge their boss to join the Reed-Snowe-Schumer letter by March 20. They can join by contacting Melissa Laine in Sen. Reed's office at
  3. If they can't/won't join the letter, ask them to include the Administration's requested funding level of $2.231 billion for HUD's McKinney-Vento programs in their list of official funding priorities due March 23.
  4. Let us know which office(s) you contacted by emailing Kate Seif at!

Your Organization's Signature Needed! Help Increase FY 2013 Funding for HUD Programs
The Alliance has joined 177 other national organizations in sending a letter to the leaders of the House and Senate Appropriations Committee to request that they provide as much overall funding as possible to the appropriations subcommittee that handles funding for the Departments of Transportation and Housing and Urban Development - known as the T-HUD Appropriations Subcommittee.

Now, the letter is opening up to state and local organizations, and we need YOUR organization to join!
The deadline for joining the letter is next Tuesday, March 20.

Here's why it matters: Whatever overall amount of funding the T-HUD Appropriations Subcommittee receives will be divided up among all of the Transportation and HUD programs, including McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants, Section 8 Tenant-Based Rental Assistance, and many others. The larger the overall allocation, the better chance each HUD program has of receiving sufficient funding. We need as many organizations from across the country as possible to join this letter by March 20 in order to ensure as much overall funding for HUD programs as possible. The letter urges congressional leaders to maximize the size of the T-HUD allocation.

What You Can Do:
  1. Click here to read and sign the letter.
  2. Forward the link to local and state partners who work on housing and transportation issues and ask them to sign the letter, too!

More Information

Every year, the Appropriations Committee divides up the total amount available for appropriations among the 12 appropriations subcommittees, including T-HUD. These subcommittee allocations are known as 302(b) allocations. The T-HUD Appropriations Subcommittee will ultimately divide its 302(b) allocation up among all of the HUD and Transportation programs within its jurisdiction and set FY 2013 funding levels for each program. As a result, it is critical for the T-HUD 302(b) allocation to be as high as possible.  


Click here to view the list of 178 national organizations who have already joined this letter. Unlike the letter mentioned in the article above (which is only for senators to join and not organizations), this letter is open to all local and state organizations - so join today!

Reed-Snowe-Schumer Senate McKinney Sign-On Letter  


Organizational Sign-On Letter to Increase HUD FY 2013 Allocation 


Rep. Moore's Sign-On Letter   


The Alliance works collaboratively with its local, state, and national partners to advance policies and programs that prevent and end homelessness.

Amanda Benton
Director of Policy Outreach


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