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Newsletters | April 16, 2013

April 16, 2013    
 
    ISSUES  |  POLICY  |  SOLUTIONS  |  NEWS & EVENTS Forward Editor: Emanuel Cavallaro    
   
 
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Homeless Assistance Funding in the President's Budget Proposal

On Wednesday, April 10, the Administration released its complete fiscal year (FY) 2014 Budget Proposal, continuing the federal budget process for FY 2014. The Budget Proposal is typically released in early February; however, this year, due to complex issues such as the so-called fiscal cliff, sequestration, and a delay in finalizing the FY 2013 appropriations, the Administration released their proposed budget two months late. The FY 2014 Budget Proposal suggests funding levels for various key programs targeted at low-income people or people experiencing homelessness that include:

  • $2.381 billion for Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants program, a 23 percent increase over the FY 2013 level;
  • $1.4 billion for targeted homeless veteran programs within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), a 4 percent increase over the FY 2013 level;
  • $115 million for Runaway and Homeless Youth Act programs, a 5 percent increase over the FY 2013 level;
  • $20 billion for Tenant-Based Rental Assistance, a 13 percent increase over the FY 2013 level. This includes $75 million for about 10,000 new HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) vouchers;
  • $10.28 billion for Project-Based Rental Assistance, a 16 percent increase over the FY 2013 level; and
  • $74 million for homeless programs within the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, a 12 percent increase over the FY 2013 level.

Please note that the above FY 2013 comparison figures represent the final funding levels after sequestration and additional 0.2 percent across-the-board cuts. In the coming days, congressional committees will hold hearings on the Budget Proposal and begin drafting appropriations bills.

 

 
Hill Update
Senate Appropriations Committee Holds Hearing on President's FY 2014 Budget Proposal

On Thursday, April 11, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (T-HUD) held a hearing on the President's FY 2014 HUD budget proposal. The Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Shaun Donovan, served as the sole witness. He described the priorities shaping HUD's budget, and answered questions from Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Susan Collins (R-ME). You can find the webcast of and testimony from the hearing here.

Senate Budget Committee Holds Hearing on President's FY 2014 Budget Proposal
On Thursday, April 11, the Senate Budget Committee held a hearing, led by Chairwoman Patty Murray (D-WA), on the President's FY 2014 Budget Proposal. The Acting Director and Deputy Director for Management for the Office of Management and Budget, Jeffrey Zients, served as the sole witness. He portrayed the Budget Proposal as fair and helpful in achieving deficit reduction. You can find the webcast of and testimony from the hearing here.

House Appropriations Subcommittees to Hold Hearings on Budget Proposal
Today, Tuesday, April 16, at 10 a.m. ET the House Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (Labor-H) Subcommittee held a hearing on proposed FY 2014 funding for agencies, programs, and activities under its jurisdiction. The Acting Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Labor, Seth D. Harris, served as a witness. You can find a recorded webcast of the hearing here. On Wednesday, April 17, at 10 a.m. ET the Senate Labor-H Subcommittee will hold a similar hearing. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will serve as the sole witness.

On Thursday, April 18, at 10:30 a.m. ET the House Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies (Milcon-VA) Subcommittee will also hold a hearing on proposed FY 2014 appropriations for agencies, programs, and activities under its jurisdiction with a number of witnesses from the Department of Veterans Affairs, including Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki. A live webcast of the hearing will be available here on the date of the hearing. On Thursday, April 18, at 2 p.m. (ET) the Senate Milcon-VA Subcommittee will hold a similar hearing with a number of witnesses, including Secretary Shinseki.

House to Depart for Recess
Both chambers of Congress will be in session this week until Thursday, when the House will depart for a brief recess. The House will reconvene next Tuesday, April 23.

Webinar: President's FY 2014 Budget Briefing

A recording of the Alliance's advocacy webinar on the federal budget process that originally streamed Thursday, April 11, is now available online. The webinar, which officially launched the Alliance's FY 2014 advocacy campaigns, provided an overview of the budget process, examined important funding proposals, and presented opportunities for advocacy. Additional information on the Budget Proposal is available on the Alliance website.
Call for Veteran Point-in-Time Count Data

The Alliance's Homelessness Research Institute is seeking data on Veteran Homelessness from the Point-In-Time Counts conducted by Continuums of Care in January. If you have 2013 count information available for your community, including any detailed data on veterans, please send it to the Alliance at counts@naeh.org. You contribution is invaluable to the Alliance's work to prevent and end homelessness.
Family Homelessness Symposium

On Thursday, April 18, at 7 p.m. Friendship Place, a nonprofit organization that provides homeless assistance, will host a special symposium on family homelessness at the National Presbyterian Church in Washington, DC. The event, which will be hosted by Ray Suarez, senior correspondent with PBS, will include a panel featuring a formerly homeless family. The panel will discuss the challenges that homeless families face and potential solutions to the problem of family homelessness. The public and members of the media are invited to attend.

Other panelists will include:

  • Laura Zeilinger, deputy director, U.S. Interagency Council Homelessness
  • Fred Swan, family services administrator, D.C. Department of Human Services
  • Ja'sent Brown, program analyst, Office of the State Superintendent of Education
 
 
 
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