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:

The President’s fiscal year (FY) 2015 Budget Proposal included good news for HUD, including a 14 percent increase to the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants program to $2.405 billion!

However, on June 10, the full House passed legislation that included $2.105 billion for HUD's McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants, the same amount as last year and $300 below the level proposed by the Administration. This funding level 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.

On Thursday, June 5, the full Senate Appropriations Committee passed legislation that included $2.145 billion for the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants, $45 million above the enacted FY 2014 level but $255 million below the level proposed by the Administration. Although this amount would likely be enough to cover renewals from FY 2014, it is very unlikely that it would provide funding to expand ESG programs and it would not provide any additional funding for new projects.

Fortunately neither of these pieces of legislation are law, and this process is far from complete! Together, we still have the opportunity to ensure 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 people experiencing homelessness.

Our opportunity for increased homeless assistance funding will likely come at the end of the funding process, so to reach our goal we will need to begin and maintain a steady drumbeat of advocacy that reminds Members of Congress that, despite the tight budget environment, this is the year! In order to avoid cuts in the next NOFA, increase our capacity to end homelessness, and acquire the permanent supportive housing resources necessary to meet our goal to end chronic homelessness by the end of 2016, we must keep up the great work!

Here’s What You Can Do:

1. Call your Members of Congress!
a. Ask to speak to the person who handles appropriations or housing issues. The Alliance can help you figure out who that is, or you can call the congressional switchboard at (202) 224-3121.

2. Tell the staff person their boss MUST provide more funding for McKinney in FY 2015!
a. Tell them we must continue making progress on chronic homelessness and need $2.405 billion in order to meet our goal of ending chronic homelessness by 2016. You can use these talking points and this policy brief to help you make your case.

3. Let us know who you contacted and what they said!

  • If you aren’t already on our McKinney Campaign mailing list, email us to get involved in our FY 2015 Campaign!

More Information:

The President released his FY 2015 Budget Proposal on Tuesday, March 4. On Thursday, March 6, the Alliance hosted a webinar outlining the President’s funding proposals and what they mean for our efforts to end homelessness. You can find a recording of the webinar, as well as a variety of other materials, here.

In the President’s Budget Proposal, the Administration proposed a 14 percent increase to the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants program – to $2.405 billion! The President’s Budget also proposes making permanent language that would allow nonprofits to administer rental assistance under the Continuum of Care.

In contrast to the President’s Budget Proposal, this legislation passed by the full House flat funded HUD's McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants, and made cuts to various other HUD programs. This legislation passed by the full Senate Appropriations Committee included $2.145 billion for the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants.

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 Kate Seif at cseif@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 | May 21, 2014
This policy brief provides information about the extent and consequenses 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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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.