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.

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Although the President’s Budget Proposal, released on March 4, included good news for HUD, including a 14 percent increase to the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants program to $2.406 billion, Congress unfortunately has not thus far indicated that they will follow suit. On Wednesday, May 7, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released its FY 2015 funding bill for programs under its jurisdiction, including all programs within HUD. The legislation includes $2.105 billion for HUD's McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants, the same amount as last year and $301 million below the level proposed by the Administration. On Wednesday, May 21, the full House Appropriations Committee passed legislation funding the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants at the same level as the subcommittee ($2.105 billion). On Tuesday, June 10, the full House passed legislation funding the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants at this same $2.105 billion level.

On Tuesday, June 3, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on HUD released its FY 2015 funding bill for programs under its jurisdiction, including all programs within HUD. The legislation includes $2.145 billion for HUD's McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants, $45 million above the enacted FY 2014 level but $255 million below the level proposed by the Administration. On Thursday, June 5, the full Senate Appropriations Committee passed legislation funding the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants at the same level as the subcommittee ($2.145 billion).

Due to expiring multi-year grants and increased renewal demand, the $2.105 billion funding level for McKinney that passed through the House would result in funding cuts to Continuums of Care. If this funding level is enacted, communities will be required to once again make the difficult tiering and prioritization decisions they made for the FY 2013 NOFA.

Although the $2.145 billion funding level for McKinney that passed through the Senate Appropriations Committee 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.

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.

 

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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.
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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.