McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants

HUD's McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants program represents the primary source of federal funding for programs serving people experiencing homelessness. In 2009, the HEARTH Act made significant improvements to this program, though securing funding for implementation is still ongoing.


The President released his FY 2015 Budget Proposal on Tuesday, March 4. The President’s Proposal included good news for HUD, particularly for the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants. The Administration proposed a 14 percent increase to the program – to $2.405 billion! This funding level would cover the cost of the renewal demand and provide additional funding to 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. The President’s Budget also proposes making permanent language that would allow nonprofits to administer rental assistance under the Continuum of Care.

Congress is beginning to work on determining its 302(b) allocations (how much each Appropriations Subcommittee will receive). Once 302(b) allocations are determined, the subcommittees, including the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies subcommittees, which set funding levels for the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants program, among others, will begin to draft their FY 2015 appropriations bills. 

While Congress works on finalizing 302(b) allocations, Members are simultaneously being asked to submit their own Programmatic Requests by March 31. These Programmatic Requests are for funding levels for individual programs (such as the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants program) under appropriations subcommittees’ jurisdictions.

Members of Congress, particularly those in the House, need to hear from us over the next few weeks about submitting a Programmatic Request and voicing their support for McKinney funding!  As always, we need to impact the process EARLY, and make sure Members of Congress prioritize funding for homeless assistance. Sending at least 500 letters by March 31 will send a very strong message to Members of Congress that increased funding for McKinney programs needs to be a priority! Click here for more information on how you can get involved in this letter writing campaign.

About McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants
McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants fund local, regional, and state homeless assistance programs through the CoC process. A CoC is a geographical administrative unit through which federal homeless assistance funds are distributed. Homeless assistance providers in a specific geographic area work together to apply for federal funding. HUD ranks the applications and provides funding based on the quality of the application, the performance of the local homeless assistance system, the need for homeless assistance, and the local rankings of individual programs. Funding can be used for permanent and supportive housing, transitional housing, and services. Some funding is also distributed to communities through the Emergency Solutions Grants program.


To get involved in advocacy efforts to secure funding for the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants for FY 2015, please click here!


Library Resources

Advocacy Resource | March 5, 2014
These talking points can be individualized for your community and/or program when reaching out to your Members of Congress in order to urge them to pursue a funding level of $2.405 billion for HUD's McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants.
Federal Policy Brief | July 10, 2013
Congress should provide at least $2.381 billion for McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants in FY 2014. This brief outlines why this funding level is necessary and provides a breakdown of what this amount would fund for McKinney programs. $2.381 billion would ultimately mean housing instead of homelessness for approximately 213,000 people.