Use these sample letters as templates when sending a letter to your Members of Congress urging them to provide $2.664 billion for HUD's McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance program and $20.854 billion for HUD's Section 8 Tenant-Based Rental Assistance Program.
This webinar, conducted by the Alliance's policy team, is focused on the President’s fiscal year (FY) 2017 Budget Proposal and provides a brief overview of the federal budget and appropriations process, as well as an analysis of the Administration’s proposed funding levels for key homelessness and affordable housing programs.
Last year was a challenging year for homeless assistance and affordable housing advocates. Despite plenty of uphill battles against budget restraints, congressional gridlock, and competing policy priorities they persevered and achieved some very impressive gains in 2015.
Last week, just in time for the New Year (and to avert another government shutdown), Congress passed a final $1.1 trillion spending bill for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 that will fund all federal discretionary programs through next fall. President Obama signed the bill into law Friday, Dec. 18.
The bill includes all federal agencies’ discretionary spending: big ticket items like the military, veterans’ health care, education and law enforcement support, medical research, and virtually all of the budget for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), including all its major homeless programs.
Research shows that people who have spent time in the foster care system tend to become homeless at an earlier age than homeless people without foster care histories. They’re also overrepresented among the homeless youth population.
It’s well known in the homeless assistance field that the foster care system itself is a feeder into youth homelessness, but this year it’s come to the attention of several senators who have introduced legislation to address the problem.