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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.|
In the President's Budget Proposal, the Administration proposed funding McKinney-Vento programs at $2.381 billion in fiscal year (FY) 2014 - a nearly 19 percent increase over the final FY 2013 level. This would include $346 million for the Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG), enough funding to cover the renewal demand, and some funding for new CoC projects.
The House and Senate Appropriations Committees released their compromised, finalized FY 2014 funding legislation on January 15, which quickly passed through both chambers of congress and was signed into law by the President on January 17. The legislation included $2.105 billion for HUD’s McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants, including at least $250 million for ESG. The legislation also includes language that allows nonprofits to administer rental assistance with FY 2012, FY 2013, and FY 2014 funds (which is a fix to the issue presented in the Continuum of Care regulations released in 2013). This overall funding level represents a significant $176 million increase for the program over the sequestered FY 2013 funding level.
The Alliance estimates that the funding level in this bill will be enough to cover all renewals from FY 2013 grants (note: this funding level will not alleviate any cuts in the FY 2013 NOFA and is for the next round of funding – not the current) and will greatly expand ESG resources from their FY 2013 levels. It will not, however, be enough to replace cut programs and funds from the FY 2013 levels.
For now, the appropriations process will take a brief break, and will begin again with the release of the President’s FY 2015 Budget Proposal at some point in February.
About McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants
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