We can end homelessness in America.
We’ve made progress because the federal government has promoted evidence-based approaches — and because Congress has long recognized that homelessness is a bipartisan issue, harming individuals and rural, urban and suburban communities.
But the housing shortage and rising rents in communities across the nation are direct threats to the progress we’ve made. Advocates must call on Congress to maintain a commitment to ending homelessness.
Learn more below about key policy areas that will affect homelessness, and how you can make your communities’ needs known to Congress.
- Here’s an overview of what we’d like Congress to fund for the 2023 fiscal year.
- Here’s more about how Housing Choice Vouchers help to combat homelessness.
- Here’s an overview of budget provisions that address homelessness.
- Here’s more about why Tenant Based Assistance helps combat homelessness.
- And if you’d like a general overview of the phenomenon of homelessness, check this out.
Federal Funding for Homelessness Programs
HUD’s McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants program is at the core of federal efforts to end homelessness. Each year, HUD awards Homeless Assistance Grants to communities that administer housing and services at the local level. Congress should invest in proven solutions to homelessness, and the Alliance is working to increase this critical funding.Read More
Since 1980, housing affordability has been the key driver of increases in homelessness. There are four programs that represent almost all federal spending for affordable housing assistance for people with the lowest incomes: Tenant-Based Rental Assistance, Project-Based Rental Assistance, Public Housing Operating Funds, and Public Housing Capital Grants. Together, these programs provide affordable rental housing for more than 5 million people in 2.2 million households.Read More Sign Up for Alliance Advocacy Alerts
Relevant Legislation: What Congress is Doing Now
Congress is currently weighing multiple bills that will affect homelessness. See which pieces of legislation the Alliance is tracking, and what impact they would have.Read More