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FY 2013 Budget Rundown
Federal Policy Brief | February 15, 2012
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This document summarizes the proposals included in the Obama Administration's fiscal year (FY) 2013 budget. This document compares the FY 2013 proposal to FY 2012 funding levels and is not adjusted for inflation.
McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants
The funding level would allow HUD to continue implementing changes made by the Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act.
This funding level would fall short of the amount needed to fully implement the HEARTH Act, but it would take a large step toward full implementation. The 17 percent increase to this program in a time of tight budgets reflects the priority the Administration places on implementing the HEARTH Act and the Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness.
Veterans Affairs Zero Homelessness Initiative
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is increasing funding for three programs that are key to ending homelessness for veterans. Overall funding for these programs is rising by $333 million (33 percent) from 2012 levels to $1.352 billion.
This funding level would bring VA programs very near to the level necessary to completely eliminate homelessness among veterans by 2015, three years from now.
In addition, the President’s Budget Proposal provides for advance appropriations for FY 2014. The budget requests flat funding - $1.352 billion – for VA homelessness programs in FY 2014.
Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA)
RHYA programs would receive $115 million, the same as in FY 2012. The amounts for specific activities would be: $53 million for Basic Centers, $44 million for Transitional Living Programs, and $18 million for Street Outreach Grants to Reduce Sexual Abuse.
Tenant-Based Rental Assistance/Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers
The budget also assumes savings from a number of reforms to the Section 8 program, including an increase in the minimum rent from the current ceiling of $50 to a set amount of $75 for all non-MTW PHAs. (All Moving to Work PHAs would continue to have authority to set minimum rents at whatever level they choose.)
Project-Based Rental Assistance
The proposed minimum rent of $75 (see Tenant-Based Rental Assistance above) would also apply to this account.
(Note: This is not the program that allows PHAs to fund new project-based vouchers. New project-based vouchers are usually funded through the Tenant-Based Rental Assistance account. The Project-Based Rental Assistance program funds contracts that were made directly between HUD and property owners many years ago.)
Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS (HOPWA)
The President’s Budget Proposal recommends combining the operating and capital funding streams into a single public housing fund. The Administration plans to submit legislation to Congress that would allow PHAs to use both funds for any eligible capital or operating expense.
Choice Neighborhoods Initiative
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
Section 202 Housing for the Elderly
Section 811 Housing for People with Disabilities
National Housing Trust Fund
Community Health Centers and Health Care for the Homeless (HCH)
As a result, Health Care for the Homeless program funding would rise from a total of $232 in FY 2012 to $258 million in FY 2013.
Combatting the Sexual Trafficking of Youth
Community Services Block Grant (CSBG)
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
Ryan White HIV/AIDs Programs
Family Violence Prevention and Services
Promoting Safe and Stable Families
Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH)
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Block Grants
SAMHSA Homelessness Grants
Child Care and Development Block Grant
The Administration is proposing $80 million for the Department of Justice's Second Chance Act programs, a 27 percent increase over the FY 2012 level.
The Office of Violence Against Women Office would receive $22 million for Transitional Housing Assistance Grants for survivors of domestic violence. This is $3 million dollar less than in FY 2012.
The budget includes $38 million for the Department of Labor’s Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program, the same amount the program received in FY 2012.
The Emergency Food and Shelter Program would receive $100 million, which is $20 million below its FY 2012 level. The Administration also proposed a cut in FY 2012.
The Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program would receive $65 million, the same as FY 2012.
The Administration is also proposing a new Pathways Back to Work Fund, to be funded at $12.5 billion, that would build upon the success of the TANF Emergency Contingency Fund (ECF). The program would be operated by the Department of Labor and would fund summer and year-round jobs for low-income youth ($2.5 billion) and would help connect low-income adults and the long-term unemployed to subsidized employment and work-based training opportunities ($10 billion). The funding would be mandatory, which means that Congress would have to pass legislation separate from the regular appropriations process for the money to become available.