Topic: Protect Federal Spending on Homeless Assistance, Affordable Housing, and USICH.
The President’s budget proposal calls for a 13.2 percent — $6.2 billion — decrease below HUD’s FY 2016 budget. The budget proposes to eliminate programs that help support local efforts to end homelessness, including;
-The Community Development Block Grant that funds housing, services, administrative staff and more.
-The HOME Investment Partnerships Program that helps fund affordable and supportive housing.
-The United States Interagency Council on Homelessness, which coordinates the federal programs that end homelessness and helps communities access them.
In total, if the Trump Administration budget were enacted, Nevadans would lose at least $39 million in block grant funds and more than 1,300 housing vouchers.
Actions you can take today:
April 26th-National Call-in Day!
On April 26, advocates from across the country are banding together to bring attention to the nation’s homelessness crisis through a National Call-In Day. Why now? Congress faces a deadline of April 28 to fund the federal government for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2017. This is our LAST CHANCE to make sure Congress knows how important federal funding for homeless assistance programs is for your community! Last Spring, the House Appropriations Committee voted to provide $2.487 billion for McKinney in FY 2017, a $237 million increase. This would allow communities to house 40,000 more people experiencing homelessness than this year. We cannot afford to let this opportunity for a significant increase pass! Everyone needs to do their part and remind Congress how important this increase would be to ending homelessness in our communities.
Protect Federal Spending on Homeless Assistance, Affordable Housing, and USICH:
Invest in proven solutions to homelessness by passing a T-HUD bill for FY 2017 that provides at least a $237 million increase for HUD’s Homeless Assistance Grants account, the amount in the House Appropriations Committee bill.
Sign-on to Representative Moore’s “Dear Colleague” letter. These letters, led by Representative Gwen Moore (D-WI), Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Senator Kristin Gillibrand (D-NY) are being circulated in the House of Representatives and U.S. Senate requesting $2.6 billion for HUD’s McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants in fiscal year (FY) 2018 and extending the sunset date of the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) from 2017 to 2020. The letters are being sent to the leaders of the HUD Appropriations Subcommittee.
Topic: Healthcare for the Homeless.
January 2017-Our homeless community members are among the most medically vulnerable people in the country, and will be significantly impacted if the ACA is repealed without an immediate replacement of coverage that ensures continued access to medical care.
The U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services released a new report on the impact of the Affordable Care Act. https://www.hhs.gov/about
Share the report and tweet/facebook message #ACAWorks and #ProtectOurCare.
Here is a list of resources/opportunities to help you get involved and advocate for continued healthcare coverage for our homeless community.
Read the Nevada Homeless Alliance letter to Senator Heller and Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (sent March 2017)
Phone Call and In-Depth Talking Points – National Alliance to End Homelessness
16 Key Areas of Advocacy for the Health Care for the Homeless Community – National Health Care for the Homeless Council
Estimated 2016 Affordable Care Act Marketplace Enrollment by Congressional District – Kaiser Family Foundation
How to Plan a Site Visit – National Alliance to End Homelessness
Influencing Legislation – Alliance for Justice