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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!|
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!
2. Tell the staff person their boss MUST provide more funding for McKinney in FY 2015!
3. Let us know who you contacted and what they said!
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.
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: