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.

As of March, 2017

Last spring, the Senate voted to provide $2.330 billion for McKinney in FY 2017,an $80 million increase. The House Appropriations Committee then voted to provide $2.487 billion for McKinney in FY 2017,a $237 million increase. This would allow communities to house 40,000 more homeless people than this year, replicating the success we’ve already seen in communities that are declaring an end to veteran homelessness.

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.

Learn more about McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance or get involved in advocacy efforts to secure this critical funding.

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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 8-17!
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Advocacy Resource | August 26, 2014
This document provides you with everything you need to know about how to participate in the National Call In Week to Increase HUD’s McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants Funding this September 8-17! 
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Federal Policy Brief | October 11, 2013
This paper explains why an increase in the FY 2014 appropriations level for the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants program is needed to prevent homelessness instead of housing for tens of thousands of people, and highlights the effectiveness of the McKinney program in implementing evidence-based solutions to end homelessness.