Last Spring, the President proposed that Congress provide $2.406 billion in fiscal year (FY) 2015 for HUD’s McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants – a 14 percent increase over the final FY 2014 funding level. This increase would fund 37,000 units of permanent supportive housing, which, in combination with the reallocation of existing resources, would allow us to achieve the Administration’s goal of ending chronic homelessness by the end of 2016.
Now, it’s up to us to ensure Congress follows through on the recommendation.
Please join us in asking Congress to include the $301 million in the final FY2015 spending bills by writing letters to your Senators and Representatives. Without an increase in funding, CoCs may have to cut programs and not make any progress towards the goal of ending chronic homelessness. With the election now behind us, Congress is likely to finalize FY 2015 funding in the coming weeks, so, we need YOUR help to convince them to include a funding level of $2.406 billion for HUD’s McKinney-Vento programs.
We have attached sample letters you can use to send to Senators and Representatives. Please send the letters on November 12th to the legislative aids for these members that handle housing issues via email. If you need assistance finding the name of the appropriate staffer, please contact Steve Clayton (firstname.lastname@example.org) at CSH or Julie Klein (email@example.com) with the National Alliance to End Homelessness.
Read Deb's latest Huffington Post Blog emphasizing the need for Congress to pass an FY15 spending bill.