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Contact: Emanuel Cavallaro
Proposed Increases Needed to Protect Progress in Ending Homelessness
Washington, D.C. – President Obama’s FY 2014 budget proposal unveiled Wednesday, April 10, would fund strategies and programs that the National Alliance to End Homelessness has identified as responsible for significant declines in chronic and veteran homelessness. The proposed budget assumes that congress would agree to restore cuts to spending under sequestration that now threaten progress on homelessness.
Between 2011 and 2012, the number of people experiencing homelessness nationally remained relatively flat despite stubbornly high unemployment. Homelessness among veterans, however, declined 7.2 percent, and homelessness among chronically homeless individuals declined 6.8 percent following significant federal investments in initiatives to prevent and end homelessness, according to The State of Homelessness in America 2013, a report released by the Alliance on Tuesday, April 9.
Under the proposed budget, programs funded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development that provide homeless assistance through rapid re-housing for homeless families and permanent supportive housing for chronically homeless individuals would be funded at $302 million more than the previous year. An additional $1.4 billion would go to at the Department of Veterans Affairs for homeless assistance programs, including $300 million for rapid re-housing and prevention activities specifically targeted at veterans and their families.
“If congress backs away from funding these programs, the impact will be immediate and severe,” said Alliance Vice President for Programs and Policy Steve Berg.
The Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing program helped keep increases in homelessness at bay during the recession, but those funds have expired and findings from The State of Homelessness 2013 show increases in the numbers of households at risk of homelessness as well as decreasing income and increasing poverty and housing costs.
The report indicates that, without the proposed federal investment in effective strategies to end homelessness, homelessness could worsen and the progress made during the past several years could be erased. For additional information on the nation’s progress on ending homelessness and a look at the economic and housing conditions that drive it, see the full report and high-resolution graphics available for publication at the State of Homelessness in America 2013 online press kit.
The National Alliance to End Homelessness is a nonprofit, non-partisan, organization committed to preventing and ending homelessness in the United States. As a leading voice on the issue of homelessness, the Alliance analyzes policy and develops pragmatic, cost-effective policy solutions; works collaboratively with the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to build state and local capacity; and provides data and research to policymakers and elected officials in order to inform policy debates and educate the public and opinion leaders nationwide.