Advocacy Alert from the National Alliance to End Homelessness

The House Appropriations Committee has announced that the House Transportation-HUD (T-HUD) Appropriations Subcommittee will be debating and voting on its FY 2012 funding bill this Thursday, September 8.  This legislation would include funding for all HUD low-income housing and homelessness programs, including McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants.

This bill and its Senate counterpart will form the basis for the final funding level Congress approves for McKinney-Vento…so we HAVE to make sure we get a significant increase from FY 2011!

With the vote just TWO DAYS away, we need your help RIGHT AWAY! Let’s do one last big push before the House releases its recommendations to get a funding level of $2.4 billion for HUD’s McKinney-Vento programs.

What You Can Do:

Call Representative John Olver at 202-225-5335  and:

  1. Ask that they include $2.4 billion for McKinney-Vento programs in the FY 2012 T-HUD Appropriations Bill.
  2. Then ask your colleagues, friends, and partners to do the same. Use these talking points to help you make your case.
  3. Shoot us a quick email (Amanda at [email protected] or Kate at [email protected]) telling us what his response was.

Background and Next Steps

The House T-HUD Appropriations Subcommittee is currently scheduled to “mark up” (debate and vote on) the FY 2012 T-HUD funding bill this Thursday afternoon, September 8. The draft legislation could be released as early as tomorrow, though sometimes the details of appropriations bills are not immediately available, even after the mark up. We’ll keep you posted!

The next couple of weeks will be very busy for appropriations. The Senate is expected to announce tomorrow how much money will be available to specific appropriations subcommittees, including T-HUD.  The Senate T-HUD Appropriations Subcommittee may then release and vote on its FY 2012 HUD funding bill in the coming weeks.

The fiscal year starts on October 1, but Congress is not expected to pass all FY 2012 funding bills by that time. Instead, Congress is likely to pass a temporary stopgap funding measure, or continuing resolution, to provide a bit more time to work out final agreement on appropriations measures.

Please contact Amanda Krusemark with questions:

(202) 942-8256 [email protected]

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