Testimony to the Senate and House Appropriations Subcommittees on Labor, Health and Human Services,
National Alliance to End Homelessness
Congressional Testimony | April 20, 2010
In spring 2010, the National Alliance to End Homelessness submitted testimony to the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education. The testimonies explored the following appropriations goals:
1. Continue Progress toward Ending Homelessness
Communities across the country are targeting federal, state, and local funds to solution-focused interventions, which helped lead to significant reductions prior to the recession in homelessness among individuals with a disability. In order to continue making progress in the face of today’s recession, the Alliance recommends the following for the fiscal year (FY) 2011 budget:
- Allocate $120 million for services for people experiencing homelessness within SAMHSA’s Center for Mental Health Services and Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, including $15.8 million for the Administration’s proposed new Homeless Initiative Program.
- Provide $75 million for the Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH) program.
- Increase funding for the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act Programs to $165 million.
- Provide $3.28 billion for the Community Health Center program, of which $278 million would go to the Health Care for the Homeless program.
- Fund Education for Homeless Children and Youth services at $140 million.
- Increase funding for the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program to $50 million.
2. Prevent and End Homelessness by Connecting People to Mainstream Services
The Alliance recommends the following:
- Support the Administration’s request to fund the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) program at $700 million.
- Appropriate $60 million in education and training vouchers for youth exiting foster care under the Safe and Stable Families Program.
- Fund the Community Mental Health Block Grant at $521 million.
- Provide $2.008 billion for the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant program.