President’s 2010 Budget Proposal Boosts Affordable Housing and Homelessness Assistance

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National Alliance to End Homelessness

Press Releases | February 26, 2009

Feb. 26, 2009

Contact: Lauren Wright
202-942-8246, lwright@naeh.org

Together with Homelessness Prevention Fund through Economic Recovery Bill and Increases in 2009 Homelessness Appropriations, Budget Represents Significant Federal Investment towards Ending Homelessness

Washington, DC – In the Administration’s 2010 budget proposal, President Obama today proposed increasing funding for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) by over $7 billion; devoting $1 billion in funds to the recently passed National Housing Trust Fund; and increasing spending on programs to prevent and end homelessness among vulnerable populations like veterans and re-entering prisoners.

Along with the $1.5 billion offered in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s Homelessness Prevention Fund and increases passed by the House yesterday in the 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Act, the proposed budget represents a significant federal investment towards preventing and ending homelessness in the U.S.

"We are extremely supportive of the Administration’s focus on affordable housing and on preventing and ending homelessness. This is especially important during the current economic crisis when so many families and individuals are losing their homes each day,” said Nan Roman, President of the National Alliance to End Homelessness. “It is my hope that by increasing the amount of affordable housing in this country and bringing homeless assistance programs to scale, we can finally end this terrible problem.

The 2010 budget would increase HUD funding by nearly 20 percent, from $40.1 billion to $47.5 billion.

In addition to that increase, the budget would provide $1 billion for the National Housing Trust Fund to develop, rehabilitate, and preserve affordable housing targeted to extremely low-income people.

The budget would allocate $109 million to expand prisoner reentry programs, including programs offering counseling, job training, drug treatment, and other transitional assistance to former prisoners through the Second Chance Act.

The budget would also focus on ending veteran homelessness by expanding the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) services to help maintain stable housing for veterans who are at risk of homelessness, while providing housing with supportive services for those veterans in need of additional assistance. According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, approximately 154,000 veterans are homeless on any given night.

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The National Alliance to End Homelessness is a nonpartisan, mission- driven organization committed to preventing and ending homelessness in the United States. The Alliance analyzes policy and develops pragmatic, cost- effective policy solutions. Working collaboratively with the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to build state and local capacity, the Alliance provides data and research that lead to stronger programs and policies that help communities achieve their goal of ending homelessness. For more information on The National Alliance to End Homelessness, visit: www.endhomelessness.org