The President’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Budget Request proposes to cut funding to assist homeless people and people at-risk of homelessness by more than $6 billion compared to the enacted FY2016 funding level and the enacted FY2017 funding level, the latter which was not enacted at the time the budget request was prepared.
Continue reading The FY2018 Budget Request Cuts Assistance to Homeless People and People At-Risk of Homelessness by $6 Billion
Homelessness disproportionately affects African-Americans, Native Americans, Native Hawaiians or Other Pacific Islanders, Latinos, families with children, and persons with disabilities and homelessness also affects large numbers of females and survivors of domestic violence and persons who identify as transgender.
Continue reading Homelessness Has a Disproportionate Effect and the Fair Housing Act May Be Able to Prevent and End Homelessness
The Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education appropriations bill that was passed by the appropriations subcommittee in the U.S. House of Representatives last week and this is schedule to be marked up in the full U.S. House appropriations committee this week provides more funding for the child care and development block grant, seven of the children and family services programs, and payments for foster care and permanency that should provide more assistance to homeless people and other low-income people, but some of these programs are funded below the Administration’s requested amount and the bill does not provide any increase in funding for the social services block grant, fifteen of the children and families services programs, and the promoting safe and stable families program.
Continue reading House HHS Appropriations Bill Should Include $599 Million in Increased Funding for Children and Family Services
With a 58% increase in the number of domestic violence survivors without shelter over the past two years and a corresponding 90-100% increase in the number of additional shelter beds needed in each Continuum of Care (CoC), the federal government ought to establish a specific goal to prevent and end homelessness for domestic violence survivors and Congress ought to provide additional funding for shelter for domestic violence survivors so that no adult or child fleeing domestic violence has to choose between sleeping on the streets or going back to an abuser. Over the past two years, the number of domestic violence survivors without shelter increased from 16,553 to 26,205 and the number of additional shelter beds needed increased from 9,202 to 11,626 on a given night in 2014 to 18,380 to 20,453 on a given night in 2015.
Continue reading Federal Goals and Funding are Needed to End Homelessness Among People Fleeing Domestic Violence
The President’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2017 maintains housing and homeless assistance funding dedicated to ending veteran homelessness, proposes homeless assistance funding to end chronic homelessness in 2017, and proposes housing and homelessness assistance funding to end homelessness for families and youth in 2020. Given the critical importance of shelter, the budget should provide enough resources to provide shelter for every homeless person without shelter and housing and homelessness assistance funding targeted to other homeless individuals.
Continue reading The Proposed FY2017 Budget Provides Significant Funding to End Homelessness But Should Provide Shelter for All
The U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness should set a goal to prevent and end homelessness for individuals and families experiencing domestic violence and Congress should provide the resources to ensure that every adult or child who is escaping domestic violence has access to shelter. Continue reading No Safety or Shelter for 9,200 to 11,600 People Fleeing Domestic Violence on a Given Night