The homelessness assistance system in your community likely relies on federal resources to operate. Key federal programs like the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants, Runaway and Homeless Youth Act, joint U.S. Departments of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Veterans Affairs (VA) Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) vouchers, and countless other resources all come from federal programs. As a result, federal funding and programs are integral to efforts by your community and organization to prevent and end homelessness.
By encouraging policymakers to take action, advocacy can be extremely effective at making change. On countless occasions, legislators have stated initially that they could not take a specific step or support a specific program until advocates stepped in and worked to change their minds. Over the years, advocates have made a large impact on federal policy to prevent and end homelessness.
You can better achieve your organization’s mission and improve your community’s success at ending homelessness if you have improved access to federal resources. Advocacy helps us to gain new and increased resources for preventing and ending homelessness.