FY 2015 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 2015. Read on for the latest alerts, updates, and ways you can get connected with the Alliance and take action!

Latest Update:

We likely only have just a few more weeks to impact the federal funding process and ensure that robust resources are provided to help us to collectively meet the goal of ending chronic homelessness by the end of 2016, while helping communities to expand their investment in the ESG program to rapidly and permanently house other people experiencing homelessness!

The 113th Congress is expected to return to session on Wednesday, November 12, 2014. During this “lame duck” session, there will be many unresolved issues for legislators to address, including finalizing funding for fiscal year (FY) 2015. In the spring, the Administration released its FY 2015 Budget Proposal, which included $2.406 billion for HUD's McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants.

To ensure that the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants receive the Administration’s proposed $301 million increase to $2.406 billion, which would allow us to end chronic homelessness by the end of 2016, Members of Congress will need to hear from YOU about how important these programs are in their states and districts. These upcoming weeks will likely be our last chance to advocate for increased funding to McKinney in FY 2015 to ensure that this increase is included in the final bill.

Here’s What You Can Do:

Help us send at least 300 letters to Members of Congress with a strong start November 12!

1. Send letters to ALL of your Members of Congress! 
a. Direct them to the attention of the person who handles housing issues. (You can find out who this person is by calling your Senators’ and Representatives’ offices. Or, we can help you find the right contact information).

 2. Ask others to send letters, too!  
a. Email colleagues these sample letters and ask them to send letters, too.  

b. Edit and forward this sample action alert and the link to our Letter Writing Campaign page to your email networks and ask them to send letters to their Members of Congress. 

3. Let us know how many letters you send! Email Julie Klein at jklein@naeh.org or Jaime Colman at jcolman@naeh.org. This is especially important so we can keep track of our progress toward our goal! 
• If you aren’t already on our McKinney Campaign mailing list, email us to get involved in our FY 2015 Campaign!

More Information:

The Administration’s proposed $301 million increase to McKinney, to $2.406 billion, would fund $37,000 units of permanent supportive housing to house people experiencing chronic homelessness. In combination with efforts to reallocate existing resources, this would put us on track to meet the Administration’s goal of ending chronic homelessness by the end of 2016. Not only will meeting this goal in time result in housing thousands of vulnerable Americans with disabilities, but it will also mean that we will be on track to shift our focus to other populations experiencing homelessness. 

This increase is sorely needed. On any given night, there are approximately 84,291 individuals experiencing chronic homelessness in the United States. Sequestration cuts put a tremendous strain on our homeless assistance systems, and expiring multi-year grants further reduce capacity. The House version of the bill, which flat-funded McKinney at $2.105 billion, would result in cuts to Continuums of Care, and if enacted, communities will once again be faced with the difficult tiering and prioritization decisions they made for the FY 2013 NOFA. The Senate version of the bill, which provided a small $40 million increase to $2.145 billion, would likely be enough to cover renewals from FY 2014, but it is very unlikely that it would provide funding to expand ESG programs and it would not provide any additional funding for new projects.

Furthermore, it is likely that the HUD budget will be particularly strained in upcoming fiscal years. It is critical that we send a clear message to Congress that they need to follow through with this increase in FY 2015. Please draft letters to your Members of Congress today, and send them starting next Wednesday, November 12!

Get Connected

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:

  • Email Julie Klein at jklein@naeh.org or Jaime Colman at jcolman@naeh.org to join our dedicated McKinney-Vento mailing list, which offers subscribers the most timely information and alerts on McKinney-Vento programs.
  • Sign up for our Advocacy Update, which offers subscribers updates on a variety of policy issues relevant to preventing and ending homelessness, including McKinney-Vento programs. Enter your email and select Advocacy Update from the list!
  • Check back often! We will be updating this page frequently, so make sure to bookmark this page and visit often!

Spotlight

Library Resources

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Federal Policy Brief | November 17, 2014
This policy brief provides information about the extent and consequences of chronic homelessness, and provides an overview of permanent supportive housing. It explains why this is the year to end chronic homelessness in America, and what HUD needs from Congress to do so.
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Advocacy Resource | August 26, 2014
This editable document provides you with a sample action alert to customize and send out to your networks to encourage them to participate in the National Call In Week to Increase HUD’s McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants Funding this September 8-17!
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Advocacy Resource | August 26, 2014
This document provides you with everything you need to know about how to participate in the National Call In Week to Increase HUD’s McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants Funding this September 8-17! 
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Federal Policy Brief | December 2, 2013
The very early years are critically important for the future health, education, and well-being of our nation’s children, but providing the developmental supports children require is challenging when families lack housing. The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants Program invests in the future through quickly restoring children and their families to housing.