Alliance Online News: Capitol Hill Day at the National Conference on Ending Homelessness

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Newsletters | June 12, 2012

June 12, 2012    

ISSUES  \|  POLICY  \|  SOLUTIONS  \|  NEWS & EVENTS Forward Editor: Anna Blasco

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Participate in Capitol Hill Day

Each year, an important part of the Alliance's National Conference on Ending Homelessness is Capitol Hill Day, which will be held Wednesday, July 18 this year. Capitol Hill Day offers a chance for conference attendees to meet directly with their Members of Congress and their staff as both constituents and experts in their fields. Participants will meet with their congressional delegation and educate their members on homelessness in their community, its solutions, and how Congress can help make ending homelessness a federal priority. During last year's Capitol Hill Day, more than 360 people from 41 states attended about 270 congressional meetings. For more information on Capitol Hill Day, please visit the Capitol Hill Day website or contact Maulin Shah.

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Hill Update

House Marks Up HUD Funding Bill
Last Thursday, June 7, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development (T-HUD) approved its funding bill for fiscal year (FY) 2013. The legislation provides $2 billion for HUD's McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants. While this level is nearly $100 million above the FY 2012 level, the Alliance estimates it would not be sufficient to fund all Continuum of Care (CoC) renewals and maintain the existing level of Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) activities. As a result, the Alliance estimates that more than 25,000 people would be homeless instead of housed if this proposal is enacted into law. The proposed level of $2 billion is approximately $230 million below the amount requested by the President in his FY 2013 Budget Proposal and is nearly $150 million below the amount proposed by the Senate. For more information about this proposal and its potential impact, please contact
Amanda Benton at the Alliance.

In addition, the bill maintains level or provides increased funding for a number of other key affordable housing and homeless assistance programs, including:
  • $19.1 billion for Section 8 Tenant-Based Rental Assistance, including $75 million for approximately 10,000 new HUD - Department of Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) vouchers;
  • $3.3 billion for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), nearly $400 million above the FY 2012 level;
  • $1.2 billion for the HOME Investment Partnership Program, $200 million above the FY 2012 level; and
  • $4.5 billion for the Public Housing Operating Fund, an increase of over $560 million above the FY 2012 level.
The full House Appropriations Committee will likely vote on the bill sometime next week. The Senate Appropriations Committee has already approved its version of the legislation, which included $2.146 billion for HUD's McKinney-Vento programs. For more information on the House bill, please click here.

Labor-HHS-Education Mark Up this Week
The Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee is scheduled to release and vote on its FY 2013 funding bill today, June 12. The full Senate Appropriations Committee is expected to take the measure up on Thursday, June 14. For more information on the markup, please click here.

House Passes FY 2013 Homeland Security Bill
On June 7, the full House passed the FY 2013 funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security. The legislation included $120 million for the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP), the same as in FY 2012. The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved legislation that would provide $150 million for EFSP in FY 2013, but the full Senate has yet to consider the bill.

House in Recess
This Senate remains in session this week; however, the House is on recess and will be returning next Monday, June 18.

Follow Workshop Tracks at the National Conference on Ending Homelessness

The Alliance's National Conference on Ending Homelessness includes over 70 workshops on a wide variety of topics. For attendees interested in focusing on a particular topic, the following suggested "tracks" have been developed: A complete list of all the workshop tracks is available here. The full conference agenda is available here.

USICH to Release Framework on Ending Youth Homelessness

Today, June 12 at 1:30 p.m. ET, the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USHICH) meeting, chaired by Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, will be streamed live online to announce a new framework to advance the goal of ending youth homelessness. Leading experts will engage in an interactive discussion on the framework and on the recommendations proposed to achieve this goal. Experts at the meeting will include Nan Roman, President and CEO of the Alliance; Dana Scott, State Coordinator for Homeless Education for the Colorado Department of Education and Vice President of the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth; and Bob Mecum, Executive Director of Lighthouse Youth Services.

Overflow Sleeping Rooms for the National Conference on Ending Homelessness

Sleeping rooms at the conference hotel, Renaissance Washington DC Hotel, are completely full. The Alliance has secured overflow sleeping rooms at the Westin Washington DC City Center and the Homewood Suites by Hilton Washington. The deadline to book at the conference rate is Friday, June 22.
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