On any given night there are an estimated 565,000 people who are homeless in the United States. While there are various programs at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that provide affordable housing and support services to our nations most vulnerable residents, most of these programs are severely underfunded.
The Network advocates for the following budget and policy actions, which would significantly increase the availability of funds to start meeting this need.
PROVIDE $2.664 BILLION IN FY 2016-2017 FOR HUD’S MCKINNEY-VENTO HOMELESS ASSISTANCE GRANTS PROGRAM
The Administration’s requested funding level of $2.664 billion would provide enough funding to maintain all existing Continuum of Care and Emergency Solutions Grant capacity, while making important progress toward ending homelessness for families, youth, and people with disabilities. This funding level, along with other HUD resources including new vouchers will effectively end chronic homelessness by the end of 2017.
Here’s the Network One Pager on McKinney-Vento.
Watch this celebration by Representative Peter King.
PROVIDE SUFFICIENT FUNDING TO RENEW ALL EXISTING SECTION 8 HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHERS IN USE AND PROVIDE AN ADDITIONAL $512 MILLION TO RESTORE THE 67,000 VOUCHERS LOST DUE TO SEQUESTRATION
Housing Choice Vouchers help 2.4 million households rent affordable housing in the private market. Many of these households would be homeless if not for the voucher. To get the greatest impact the restored vouchers, they should be targeted to vulnerable populations, including homeless people, victims of domestic violence, high-risk families and youth aging out of foster care. By providing more Housing Choice Vouchers, communities will be able to accelerate progress in ending homelessness.