Priorities for Ending Homelessness – National Policy Update, January 2011

Posted by Pam Blanton on January 16, 2011

From National Alliance to End Homelessness:

As the 112th Congress begins to draft and debate final fiscal year (FY) 2011 appropriations legislation, it should consider key federal programs for preventing and ending homelessness. The programs listed below have repeatedly been proven effective at preventing and ending homelessness for families, veterans, individuals, and children. Due to increased need and reduced state budgets in light of the recession, hardworking families with children are facing increased risk of homelessness, and federal resources to solve the problem are needed now more than ever.

Over the last decade, multiple congresses and administrations have made preventing and ending homelessness a top priority. The Bush Administration and republican congresses committed to ending chronic homelessness; the Obama Administration released the first-ever Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness in conjunction with key legislation passed by democratic congresses. Adequate funding for these key programs is critical for advancing the bipartisan goal of ending homelessness in the United States once and for all.

Top priorities for inclusion in the final FY 2011 Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development (T-HUD) appropriations bill:  Provide at least $2.2 billion for HUD’s Homeless Assistance Grants Program and  Fund 200,000 new Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers.  READ MORE

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