Advocacy Update: Senate Proposes Big McKinney Increase

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Advocacy Update | April 18, 2012

National Alliance to End Homelessness - Advocacy Update
April 18, 2012


Senate Releases FY 2013 HUD Proposal
Yesterday, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (T-HUD) voted on a draft proposal for fiscal year (FY) 2013 appropriations, which includes funding for many affordable housing and homelessness assistance programs.

The bill includes the largest one-year increase to HUD's McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants in nearly 20 years! The T-HUD Subcommittee proposed a funding level of $2.15 billion for McKinney-Vento in FY 2013, which is a $245 million increase! This funding level will fund all renewals by our estimates and would include $286 million for the new Emergency Solutions Grants program. While an increase, this level is about $80 million below the $2.231 billion requested by the President in his FY 2013 Budget Proposal.

The draft legislation also includes funding increases or maintains flat funding for many key affordable housing programs, including: 

  • $19.4 billion for Housing Choice Vouchers, an increase of $482 million over FY 2012 and includes $75 million for approximately 10,000 new HUD-VASH vouchers;  
  • $4.6 billion for the Public Housing Operating Fund, an increase of $629 million from FY 2012;   
  • $9.8 billion for Project-Based Rental Assistance, which includes $9.6 billion for renewal of all project-based contracts for twelve months and is $536 million above the FY 2012 level;  
  • $1 billion for HOME, which represents flat funding from FY 2012; and
  • $3.1 billion for the Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), an increase of $152 million from FY 2012.  

These proposed funding increases will go a long way toward keeping many low-income families and individuals in affordable housing; however, we are still seeing an increased demand for homeless assistance programs. We need to work to ensure that Congress provides the full $2.231 billion for HUD's McKinney-Vento programs requested by the President in order to make even further progress on HEARTH implementation.  


What You Can Do:

  1. Call your senators' Washington, DC offices TODAY. Ask to speak to the person who works on housing. Let us know if you need helping finding out who this person is.  You can find your senators' number by calling the congressional switchboard at 202.224.3121.  
  2. Let the housing staff person know how how happy you were to see this increase, but urge the staff person to have his/her boss to work with his/her colleagues on the Appropriations Committee in support of providing $2.231 billion for HUD's McKinney-Vento programs in FY 2013.  
  3. Report any responses to Kate Seif at cseif@naeh.org.
Next Steps
 

This is just one step in a long process before final legislation is produced and sent to President Obama for his signature. The full Senate Appropriations Committee will review and vote on the legislation tomorrow. The House is expected to release its draft funding legislation later this spring.  

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