This week, the House and Senate Appropriations Committees plan to continue working to finalize the remaining fiscal year (FY) 2012 appropriations bills by next Friday, December 16, when the current stopgap funding expires. The House and Senate Appropriations Committees have reportedly reached agreement on some program funding levels, with funding for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), and Education, remaining as a notable sticking points. Congressional leaders may be able to finalize appropriations for HHS, which includes funding for Runaway and Homeless Youth Act programs, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Homeless Services, and Health Care for the Homeless programs, among countless others, by next Friday. If both chambers are able to come to an agreement on all remaining appropriations bills, it is likely that they will release the details of these bills next week. Funding for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, along with other select departments and agencies was signed into law by the president on November 18, thereby finalizing FY 2012 appropriations for those programs under that department's purview.