Federal Policy Update: 2010 Capitol Hill Day Priorities. Capitol Hill Day Materials: www.endhomelessness.org/2010HillDay. Introduction Hill Day Logistics Capitol Hill Day Policy Agenda Appropriations: Update, Talking Points, Action Needed McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants
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Capitol Hill Day Materials:
Hill Day Logistics
Capitol Hill Day Policy Agenda
Appropriations: Update, Talking Points, Action Needed
McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants
SAMHSA Homeless Services
Runaway and Homeless Youth Act
3.Authorizing Bills: Update, Talking Points, Action
Comprehensive Legislation to End Veteran Homelessness
National Housing Trust Fund
4. QuestionsToday’s Agenda
Issues we can impact at the time of the conference
Issues you have been working on for several monthsCapitol Hill Day Policy Agenda
Prioritizing issues for each meeting is CRITICAL
Less issues = more progressCapitol Hill Day Policy Agenda
Is your Senator or Representative on a committee considering one of these policies?
What have they supported in the past?
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Administration proposed $2.055 billion (10% increase)
House T-HUD Subcommittee “marked up” and voted on its bill on Thursday, July 1, which provides $2.055 billion
Senate T-HUD Subcommittee still drafting its billAppropriations: McKinney
Without enough funding, less money for new CoC projects or HPRP-like activities
How do you use McKinney and HPRP funds currently?
One-time big increase to fully implement HEARTH Act
new ESG program = 18 percent increase;
new rural program = 2 percent increase;
Project renewals = 5 percent increase; and
Community-based oversight and administration = 3 percent increase
National/local declines in homelessnessAppropriations: McKinney
Housing and Services for Homeless Persons Demonstration
10,000 Vouchers ($85 million)
4,000 units for Chronic Homelessness
$16 million services funding from SAMHSA
Applicants would have to commit to using Medicaid resources
6,000 units for homeless and at-risk families
Applicants would have to commit TANF resources
House T-HUD Appropriations Subcommittee included $85 million for Demo.
Senate has not acted yet
Labor/HHS/Education Subcommittees have not acted yet on the $16 million for SAMHSA
Thank House T-HUD Appropriators for including $85 million
Ask Senate T-HUD to include $85 million and House and Senate Labor/HHS Appropriators to include $16 million for SAMHSA
Administration requested enough funding to renew existing vouchers, and possibly a little extra.
10,000 for Housing and Services Demo
No new VASH, FUP, or disability vouchers
New Transforming Rental Assistance Initiative
House T-HUD appropriators included roughly what the Administration requested for Voucher renewals.
10,000 for Housing and Services Demo
10,000 new VASH Vouchers
No funding for Transforming Rental Assistance
National Campaign to double voucher program over 10 years—200,000 new vouchers per year.
Ask your Members of Congress to significantly expand Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program this year and in future years.
About 41,000 received shelter and 4,000 entered Transition Living Programs
Over 7,500 were denied shelter or housing in 2009 due to lack of capacity
73% entered shelter directly from parent or guardian’s homeRHYA Talking Points – The Numbers
House support from:
KY, IL, PA, WA, MN, WI, FL, TX, and OH
Senate support from:
NJ, CT, MI, RI, OH, IL, MD, NY, OR, and MN
Need to develop Congressional champions to bring youth housing to scale and benefits of family counseling to keep youth safely in homesTalking Points – Who can do what?
Currently funded at $116 million nationwide
Funds Basic Center, Transitional Living, and Street Outreach Programs
Administered by DHHS through Family &Youth Services Bureau (FYSB)
$49 million dollar increase focused on specific programs and research
Part of Federal Housing Policy Campaign to End Homeless for 50,000 YouthRunaway and Homeless Youth Act
Enact comprehensive legislation, such as Zero Tolerance for Veteran Homelessness Act, to end veteran homelessness. The legislation should:
Establish a comprehensive homelessness prevention and rapid re-housing program at VA;
Authorize an expansion of the Department of Housing and Urban Development-VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program to serve 60,000 veterans and their families; and
Improve data collection on the extent of homelessness among veterans.
Senate VA Committee passed S. 1237, which included ZTVHA
House passed H.R. 4810, which establishes a prevention program
Two bills may go to conference togetherAuthorizations: Comprehensive Veteran Legislation
Specific Ask: nationwide
Senators: Pass ZTVHA
Representatives: Enact comprehensive legislation to end homelessness among veterans, such as ZTVHA
Scope of veteran homelessness in your community
Data to describe the positive impact of local HUD-VASH vouchers.
Veterans in your community could benefit from a continuum of housing options for veterans, depending on their needs and the depth of their housing crisisAuthorizations: Comprehensive Veteran Legislation