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FY 2013 McKinney Appropriations: Sample Congressional Talking Points
National Alliance to End Homelessness
Advocacy Resource | February 20, 2012
Files: PDF | 302 KB | 1 pageUse the talking points below that seem most relevant to your community or program.
Federal investment has made a difference. Due largely to the $1.5 billion federal investment in the form of the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP), homelessness fell slightly between 2009 and 2011. Describe the success and importance of local HPRP initiatives. Use data if possible. Share the average cost of an HPRP intervention.
Need. With HPRP about to expire and the economy still struggling, we have seen more people at risk of homelessness. Discuss local changes in homelessness.
Increased resources are needed just to maintain existing activities. Because Congress provided full funding upfront for many multi-year Continuum of Care contracts when they were first signed several years ago, Congress hasn’t had to provide any new funding in the subsequent years, though money has been spent under those contracts each year. But as these initial contracts expire and their funding runs out, Congress must appropriate new funds in order for HUD to maintain the existing level of spending and ensure that these programs continue serving people experiencing homelessness.
These Programs Work. HUD’s McKinney-Vento programs have a long history of strong, bipartisan support because they are repeatedly proven effective at preventing and ending homelessness for families, veterans, individuals, youth, and children. Explain the success of a local McKinney-funded program. Share program outcomes and the impact it has had on homelessness in your community.
I hope you will work with your colleagues on the Appropriations Committee to provide the Administration’s requested funding level of at least $2.231 billion for HUD’s McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants in the final FY 2013 appropriations bill.
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