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.

FY 2018: President Releases Full Fiscal Year 2018 Budget

On May 23, President Trump released his full Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 budget proposal, beginning the FY 2018 budget season. This budget proposal is just the first step of this FY 2018 budget process, and there will be lots of back and forth with Congress and opportunities for you to weigh in.

The budget proposes to cut HUD’s McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants program, the federal government’s primary response to homelessness, by $133 million, setting it at its FY 2016 level of $2.250 billion. The Alliance estimates that this cut alone would cause approximately 25,000 more people to be homeless in FY 2018 than in FY 2017.

The budget also proposes to cut numerous other critical discretionary programs serving people at risk of or experiencing homelessness, as denoted in our budget chart. It also proposes to cut safety net programs including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Medicaid, and TANF, which would make it more difficult for low income Americans to be able to afford keeping a roof over their head.

It further proposes to completely eliminate key programs including HUD’s United States Interagency Council on Homelessness, National Housing Trust Fund, and Community Development Block Grant and; HHS’ Social Services Block Grant and Community Services Block Grant programs; and The Department of Labor’s Emergency Food and Shelter Program, among others.

To learn more about proposals in the Trump Administration’s budget and what you can do about it, check out these slides from our recent, “President's FY 2018 Budget Proposal - Overview and Impact on Homelessness”, and read our more detailed Budget Rundown for a full list of affected programs.

See our FY 2018 Discretionary Homelessness Budget Chart.

FY 2017: Congress Increases Homeless Assistance Spending

The final FY 2017 spending bill was signed into law on May 4, 2017. The bill provides $2.383 billion for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants program, representing a $133 million increase. This includes:

  • $40 million for rapid re-housing or other critical activities to assist communities that lost significant capacity after Jan. 1, 2016.
  • $43 million for homeless youth demonstration projects.
  • $12 million for the national homeless data analysis project.

The bill also extends the sunset date of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) one year.

See our FY 2017 Discretionary Homelessness Spending Chart.

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