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FY 2014 McKinney Campaign
|Thank you for your interest in joining our campaign for funding the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants program within the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)! This page will provide you with all the information you need to take action to help secure robust funding for McKinney-Vento in FY 2014. Read on for the latest alerts, updates, and ways you can get connected with the Alliance and take action!|
HUD's McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants program is the biggest federal program targeted exclusively toward preventing and ending homelessness. Work with us to help secure at least $2.26 billion for McKinney-Vento programs in fiscal year (FY) 2014 to help meet the rising need and assist our nation's most vulnerable people.
Negotiations to end the government shutdown on October 17 included a conference committee tasked with coming up with a single topline spending level for fiscal year (FY) 2014 that both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees can use to craft an overdue FY 2014 budget. On the evening of December 10, the conference committee reached a deal that would set FY 2014 total spending at around $1 trillion – which is in the middle of the House and Senate’s proposed spending levels (though unfortunately closer to the House’s lower spending level). Now that appropriators in the House and Senate have a number with which to work, they will be moving fast to finalize FY 2014 spending bills prior to the January 15 deadline. Since there’s a new number, the appropriators will have to write new bills – including a new HUD funding bill with spending levels that fall somewhere in between those in the bills initially proposed by the House ($2.088 billion for McKinney) and the Senate ($2.26 billion for McKinney).
With the holidays coming up, it is crunch time to make sure that every Member knows the importance of HUD’s McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants in their communities as they work on these bills.
1. Call your senators and representative(s) THIS WEEK! Ask to speak to the person who handles housing issues.
2. Tell the staff person that the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants need an INCREASE in FY 2014.
3. Let us know who you called and what sort of response you received! Email Kate (email@example.com) or Julie (firstname.lastname@example.org) to let us know.
The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants program received a final FY 2013 funding level of $2.033 billion, including $200 million for the Emergency Solutions Grants. After sequestration, the automatic across-the-board cuts to discretionary programs, the program is funded at approximately $1.929 billion, resulting in a $30 million increase over the FY 2012 level. However, despite this increase, many communities are seeing cuts in their FY 2013 NOFAs due to accounting issues involving expiring multiyear contracts.
After FY 2013 appropriations were finalized, the Alliance launched our FY 2014 McKinney Campaign. The President released his FY 2014 Budget Proposal on April 10, in which he proposed $2.381 billion for the McKinney-Vento homeless assistance grants program.
Unfortunately, due in large part to poor timing, the FY 2014 HUD funding legislation did not pass through either full chamber of Congress prior to the end of the fiscal year on September 30, 2013. Due to disagreements around whether modifications to the ACA should be tied to a budget agreement, Congress was also unable to reach a deal on a continuing resolution (CR), or stopgap funding measure that would have temporarily funded the government at post-sequestration FY 2013 levels until an agreement was reached, as they have done in recent years. Therefore, the government partially shut down at midnight on September 30th until, with the added pressure of a looming deadline to raise the debt ceiling, Congress was able to pass a deal on October 16 that reopened the government.
This fiscal package included measures to fund the government until January 15 at post-sequestration FY 2013 levels and delay the date on which the nation will reach the debt ceiling to February 7. The package also set December 13 as the date by which lawmakers were expected to complete their conference report on an FY 2014 Budget Resolution, which will provide an outline for how federal funding will be spent. To do so, both chambers selected conferees to join a conference committee to reach a compromise between the different funding levels included in earlier House and Senate FY 2014 Budget Resolutions.
On the evening of December 10, the conference committee reached a deal that would set FY 2014 total spending at around $1 trillion – which is in the middle of the House and Senate’s proposed spending levels (though unfortunately closer to the House’s lower spending level). To allow for the increase in the topline spending level, the deal includes an easing of sequestration cuts by approximately $63 billion in FY 2014 and FY 2015, which would be financed through increases in various fees, including airline fees, raising contributions federal employees make to their retirement plans, and increasing premiums for a variety of pensions, among an assortment of other smaller savings provisions.
Now that appropriators in the House and Senate have a number with which to work, they will need to work quickly to finalize FY 2014 spending bills. Since there’s a new number, the appropriators will have to write new bills – including a new HUD funding bill with spending levels that fall somewhere in between those in the bills initially proposed by the House ($2.088 billion for McKinney) and the Senate ($2.26 billion for McKinney). These new bills will need to be finalized prior to the set January 15 deadline in order to prevent another federal government shutdown.
The Alliance recommends providing at least $2.26 billion for McKinney-Vento programs for FY 2014.
There are a variety of ways you can connect with us to learn more about McKinney-Vento programs and how and when you can get involved: