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:

If the House or Senate’s proposed funding levels ($2.105 billion and $2.145 billion, respectively) become law, we will be facing more cuts or no new funds to our homeless assistance systems.

Fortunately, the pieces of legislation proposing these funding levels in each chamber are not law, and we still have a chance to impact this 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!

Congress will return from its August recess to be in session for a few weeks in September, and we need to use this time, particularly September 8-12, to blitz congressional offices with calls about the importance of providing a $301 million increase for McKinney programs in FY 2015. You can do so by participating in, and encouraging your partners and networks to participate in, our National Call In Week to Increase HUD’s McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants Funding!

Please call your Members’ offices (in both the House and Senate) and tell them they MUST provide $2.406 billion for the Homeless Assistance Grants program in FY 2015.

These funds would help us end chronic homelessness by the end of 2016 and make significant reductions among other populations. Even in another difficult budget year, Congress should be working to ensure that we help those who are most in need.

Here’s What You Can Do:

1. Call your Members of Congress!
a. During the week of September 8, find our who your Members of Congress are by typing your address in here: https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/map
b.  Reach out to both the representatives AND senators listed. You can find your senators’ offices’ contact information by visiting http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm and your representatives’ information by visiting http://house.gov/representatives/
c. When you call the offices, ask to speak to the person who handles housing issues for the Member.

 2. Tell the staff person to urge their boss to work to provide $2.406 billion for HUD’s McKinney programs in FY 2015!
a. More in-depth talking points, if needed, can be found here.

3. Let us know who you called and what they said! We’re trying to generate as many calls (or emails/other contacts) as possible in a 5-day span, so keep us posted!
• If you aren’t already on our McKinney Campaign mailing list, email us to get involved in our FY 2015 Campaign!

4. Forward the below action alert around to your partners and networks, and encourage them to participate in this Call-in week too!

More Information:

The President released his FY 2015 Budget Proposal on Tuesday, March 4. The proposal included good news for HUD, including a 14 percent increase to the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants program to $2.406 billion! The President’s Budget also proposes making permanent language that would allow nonprofits to administer rental assistance under the Continuum of Care. 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 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. The $2.105 billion for HUD's McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants included in this legislation is $301 million 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.

This legislation passed by the full Senate Appropriations Committee included $2.145 billion for the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants, which is $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.

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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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 8-12!
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Federal Policy Brief | May 21, 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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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.