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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.|
WHERE WE ARE IN THE FEDERAL APPROPRIATIONS PROCESS:
On Dec, 11 and 13 respectively, the House and Senate passed a combination of an omnibus funding bill and a continuing resolution for fiscal year (FY) 2015 funding. The bill funds the Department of Homeland Security through the end of February 2015 and funds all other federal operations, including homeless assistance and affordable housing programs, through the remainder of the federal fiscal year to Sept. 30, 2015. This legislation was signed into law on Tuesday, December 16.
On Thursday, February 5, the President released his FY 2016 budget proposal. The Administration’s proposal included a 16 percent increase to the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants program, to $2.480 billion. It also included 67,000 additional Housing Choice Vouchers to restore those lost during sequestration, 30,000 of which would be targeted to specific vulnerable groups, including certain populations experiencing homelessness. For more information on what was included in the Administration’s proposal that is relevant to ending homelessness, visit our President’s FY 2016 Budget Briefing page.
Congress is currently in the process of holding hearings on the Administration’s request. Next, the House and Senate will each work within the full Appropriations Committee spending levels set by the Budget Control Act of 2011 to determine 302(b) funding levels for each of the twelve House and Senate appropriations subcommittees to work within to fund programs under their jurisdictions. Then, appropriations subcommittees will work to draft and mark up their FY 2016 appropriations bills. The progression of these bills will be shown in the below tables, and the funding levels included will be updated in our FY 2016 Discretionary Homelessness Budget Chart.
Note that the temporary relief provided by the Murray-Ryan Budget Agreement of 2011 from the sequestration caps set by the Budget Control Act of 2011 has now expired. Therefore, later this year conversations are expected to take place around raising overall spending caps, which could increase the amount of funding that will be provided in the final FY 2016 spending bill. As such, it is likely that final federal funding levels for FY 2016 will not be set until the fall, after such negotiations are expected to take place. If spending bills are not finalized by the end of the fiscal year on September 30, then a continuing resolution (CR), or stopgap funding measure, will need to be passed to fund the government until a spending bill is passed.
The FY 2016 Discretionary Homelessness Budget Chart (updated February, 2015) represents various funding levels (FY 2014 enacted, proposed by the President for FY 2015, passed through the House for FY 2015, passed through the Senate Appropriations Committee for FY 2015, FY 2015 enacted, and FY 2016 proposed). Please note that blank spaces indicate that this information is not yet available. Programs marked with a + represent new programs proposed in the President's Budget Proposal. For more information about how you can get involved in federal advocacy to increase funding for homeless assistance and affordable housing programs in FY 2016, visit our FY 2016 Homelessness Funding Campaign page.