Federal Homelessness Appropriations

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.


On Dec, 11 and 13 respectively, the House and Senate passed the "cromnibus" spending bill, a combination of a continuing resolution and an omnibus funding bill 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.

The President is expected to release his FY 2016 Budget Proposal on Thursday, February 5. Following the release of the President’s Budget Proposal, the House and Senate will each likely 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 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. 

The FY 2015 Discretionary Homelessness Budget Chart represents various fundinglevels (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, and FY 2015 enacted). 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.


Library Resources

Federal Policy Brief | March 6, 2014
This document summarizes the proposals included in the Obama Administration's fiscal year (FY) 2015 budget. This document compares the FY 2015 proposal to FY 2014 funding levels and is not adjusted for inflation.
Webinar | February 25, 2014
This page includes information about the federal budget briefing webinar, which was hosted by Alliance staff, along with a variety of materials to help you better understand the President's Budget Proposal and upcoming advocacy opportunities.