Alliance Online News: Upcoming Webinar: Section 8 Funding Outlook

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Newsletters | September 24, 2013

September 24, 2013    
 
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Upcoming Webinar: Section 8 Funding Outlook

On Thursday, September 26, at 3 p.m. ET, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and the National Alliance to End Homelessness will co-host a webinar titled "Housing Choice Vouchers: Funding Outlook and Impact on Ending Homelessness." Staff from the Alliance and the Center will cover the funding outlook for Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers, how upcoming federal budget policy decisions could impact community efforts to end homelessness, and how advocates can make an impact.

Housing Choice Vouchers are a critical resource for community efforts to end homelessness, yet sequestration has sharply reduced the number of vouchers available in most communities. Upcoming congressional decisions carry opportunities, as well as risks, for the voucher program and other low-income housing programs. Join the webinar to learn more about what's at stake for efforts to end homelessness, and what advocates can do to influence the outcome.

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Hill Update

On Friday, September 20, the House passed a continuing resolution (CR) (H.J. Res 59) that includes a provision to repeal funding for the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The CR would fund federal programs at post-sequestration fiscal year (FY) 2013 levels (with a topline number of $986.3 billion). This bill differs from the proposal initially introduced by House leadership on September 10 in that it was designed so that Members of Congress would have to either support or oppose the entire bill - including both the CR and the defunding of the ACA - without having the option to vote one way on the CR and another on the ACA provision. The bill is meant not only to force Democrats to vote on the ACA funding provision, but to put them in a position of risking a government shutdown over opposing the bill, since both chambers need to agree to a CR by the end of the fiscal year on September 30. Now that the bill has passed in the House, it lies with the Senate.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has stated that he will not pass any bill that defunds or delays the ACA, and the Administration has stated that the President would veto such a bill. The Senate will likely amend the bill to strike the ACA provision and possibly raise the topline spending level, and send it back to the House for a vote, putting House leadership in a difficult position. However, to do so, the Senate will need 60 votes to avoid the filibuster for which some are advocating. Filibustering the bill will prevent Senator Reid from striking the ACA provision from the bill, risking a government shutdown if the Senate fails to pass the bill. Many Republicans oppose the filibustering strategy, because, although it could result in defunding the ACA, it puts Republican Senators in the position of opposing a bill they support while risking a government shutdown.

A CR would continue to provide funding (likely at the current spending levels) for appropriations bills, including the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (T-HUD) spending bill, which funds virtually all low-income housing and homeless assistance programs. Therefore, it is critical that Congress reaches an agreement and avoids a government shutdown in order for homeless assistance programs, including the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants program, to continue to receive federal funding. The House of Representatives is skipping a planned recess this week in order to continue to negotiate the CR until the fiscal year ends next Monday, September 30. The House is also planning to begin to work on legislation surrounding the debt ceiling, which Congress will need to raise around mid-October to prevent the country from defaulting on its debt.

Webinar Reminder: Working with Early Childhood Programs

On Thursday, October 3, at 3 p.m. ET, the Alliance will host, "Working with Early Childhood Programs to Assist Homeless Children and Families," a webinar that will explore the relationship between housing and homeless service providers and early childhood development programs. Speakers will discuss how their organizations are working to close the bridge between children's services and the housing and homeless service community. Among the early childhood programs that will be discussed are Head Start/Early Head Start, Early Intervention (IDEA Part-C) services, and the Maternal Infant Early Childhood Home Visitation Program.

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