HUD estimates that sequestration will result in 125,000 individuals and families losing assistance provided to them through the Housing Choice Voucher programs and 100,000 homeless and formerly homeless people being removed from housing or shelter programs.
Some programs will feel the effects of sequestration much sooner than others. For instance, programs that are not funded through yearly grants, such as Public Housing and Section 8, are likely to see reduced operating costs in the next few weeks, while programs that are funded via grants, including McKinney-Vento and RHYA, will not see the cuts until their next Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA). For McKinney-Vento grantees, the FY 2013 NOFA is expected to be released later in 2013, which will include the five percent cuts to the CoC and ESG programs unless legislation is passed beforehand that replaces sequestration or provides funding to make up for its cuts.
It is important to note that programs within the Department of Veterans Affairs, including VA homeless assistance programs, will be exempt from the cuts. Mainstream poverty programs that are funded through mandatory (as opposed to discretionary) spending, such as SSI/SSDI, Medicaid, Medicare, TANF, and SNAP, will also be exempt.
If you have never taken an advocacy action before, there has never been a more critical time do so.
Funding for programs that prevent and end homelessness in our communities is very much AT RISK, and failing to adequately fund them will have devastating effects on those members of our society who are already facing the direst circumstances. We MUST make sure that Congress understands the importance of these effective programs to local communities across the country and the need to fully fund them in this challenging time. Let Congress know NOW that cuts to programs targeted toward the most vulnerable members of our society are unacceptable.