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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 final FY 2013 funding level passed by Congress for the program is $2.033 billion, an increase of approximately $132 million over FY 2012. However, this number is reduced to $1.929 billion after sequestration, the across-the-board cuts of about five percent to security and non-security discretionary programs. This post-sequestration funding level is still approximately a $28 million increase from the FY 2012 funding level. Despite this increase, according to our preliminary estimates, the combination of sequestration and increased renewal demand could result in cuts of approximately 12.6 percent to the Emergency Solutions Grant Program and 4 to 8 percent to the Continuum of Care programs in the FY 2013 NOFA, to be released later this year.
In the President's Budget Proposal, released on April 10, the Administration proposed funding McKinney-Vento programs at $2.381 billion in FY 2014 - a nearly 19 percent increase over the final FY 2013 level. This would include $346 million for the Emergency Solutions Grant, enough funding to cover the renewal demand, and some funding for new CoC projects. The House and Senate will hold hearings on the President's Budget Proposal and release their own funding bills in the coming weeks.
HUD released the interim Continuum of Care (CoC) rule on July 14, 2012. The interim rule went into effect on August 30, and the public comment period closed on November 16, 2012. For further information on the interim rule, please click here. For further information on the Emergency Solutions Grant interim rule released in December, please click here.
About McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants
To get involved in advocacy efforts to secure funding for the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants for FY 2014, please click here!