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Funding for Homelessness Programs
|Each year, Congress passes a budget, allocating funds to federal programs, including housing and homelessness programs. This page explains where Congress is in the process and includes funding levels for key programs.|
Last Spring, the House Appropriations Committee voted to provide $2.487 billion for McKinney in FY 2017, a $237 million increase. This would allow communities to house 40,000 more homeless people than this year. Congress may vote on final FY 2017 bills before the continuing resolution that currently funds the government at FY 2016 levels until April 28 ends.
On March 16, President Trump released his “skinny budget”. The proposed cuts to programs that help poor and low-income people are enormous, and the increases small. This budget proposal starts off the Fiscal Year 2018 budget season, and there will be lots of back and forth with Congress and opportunities for you to weigh in.
The proposal was not very detailed, and there is still a lot that we don’t know. But here’s an overview of its impact on homelessness:
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
The proposal calls for a 13.2 percent — $6.2 billion — decrease below the HUD’s FY 2016 budget. NOTE: It could be even deeper if the FY 2017 budget ends up being higher than the 2016 budget was.
Here’s what we know.
The budget proposes to eliminate programs that help support local efforts to end homelessness.
Here’s what we don’t know.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
The Administration is proposing a $15.1 billion or 17.9 percent decrease to the 2018 HHS budget. Again, the proposed
U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs
The proposed budget seeks a $4.6 billion increase in discretionary funding to the VA budget. Details are not provided, but preventing homelessness is mentioned.