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Congress Urged to Adequately Fund Homeless Programs


The National Alliance to End Homelessness is supporting a sign-on letter in the House of Representatives that urges key appropriators and House leadership to invest $2.4 billion for McKinney Vento Homeless Assistance Grants in FY12, instead of the $1.9 billion in the HUD spending bills passed by the Senate and House.  Members of Congress are urged to sign on to this letter to demonstrate their support for this critical program.

The additional funds are needed to implement various provisions already passed by Congress in the HEARTH Act of 2009 that reauthorized the McKinney Vento programs.  One of the more pressing provisions needing funds is continuation of activities performed by the stimulus-funded Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP), since these temporary one-time funds have been used up in most communities.  HPRP offered short term rental and other assistance to keep households stably housed.  HUD estimates that over 1 million people avoided homelessness last year because of the program.  The depletion of HPRP funding, combined with a lengthy recession, threatens an increase in homelessness.

To Learn More:
Congressional sign-on letter on McKinney-Vento funds


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