From US Interagency Council on Homelessness:
President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2013 (FY 13) Budget Proposal includes a significant funding commitment to implement Opening Doors. This year’s Budget Proposal includes $4.7 billion for targeted homeless assistance funding, a 17% increase over the previously enacted Fiscal Year 2012 Budget.
Targeted Homeless Assistance Programs (Budget Authority in Millions of Dollars)
“The President’s Budget reflects our commitment to funding what works,” said USICH Executive Director Barbara Poppe. “Together we have demonstrated that increased investment combined with strong collaboration and improved targeting leads to reductions in homelessness.”
The President’s FY 13 Budget Proposal is the second budget developed by USICH member agencies since the release of Opening Doors and is a statement of the Administration’s commitment to preventing and ending homelessness as a national priority.
The 17% increase in targeted homeless assistance funding includes the following:
- Increased strategic investments to implement the HEARTH Act. $330 million increase for the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Homeless Assistance Grants, including $286 million for the second year of the revamped Emergency Solutions Grants.
- Continued expansion of supportive housing for our nation’s Veterans through HUD-VASH. An additional 10,000 HUD-VASH vouchers combined with health care and supportive services to help Veterans exit homelessness.
- Additional funding and focus on prevention and rapid re-housing. $200M expansion of the Department of Veterans Affairs Supportive Services for Veteran Families program – built on best practices developed across the country.
- New investments through the Affordable Care Act to leverage mainstream programs including Medicaid. Additional 5% increase in Department of Health and Human Services targeted homeless assistance programs.
“By continuing to invest in our Homeless Assistance Grants ($2.2 billion) and HUD-VASH ($75 million), we move toward realizing the vision of Opening Doors to finish the job of ending chronic and Veterans homelessness by 2015 and set a path to ending family and youth homelessness within the decade,” said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan.
– President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2013 Budget
– FY 13 Budget Homelessness Fact Sheet (html) or (pdf)