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
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development released Part 1 of its Annual Homelessness Assessment Report for 2016 this past week reporting the number of homeless people, homeless individuals, homeless families, homeless veterans, chronically homeless people, and homeless youth on a given night. In the report, the number of homeless people on a single night was 549,928, a decrease of 2.6% from the year before. Unfortunately, the report noted that the declines were composed entirely of people staying in sheltered locations and that homelessness increased among people without shelter by 2%. The number of homeless persons without shelter increased by 3,089 persons from 173,268 in 2015 to 176,357 in 2016.
Continue reading The Newly-Released HUD Homeless Report Shows Unsheltered Homelessness Increased by 2% or 3,000 Persons in 2016
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
In 2015, there were 20,462 homeless people in families without shelter in the United States and not enough shelter beds for them in many of the nation’s Continuum of Care (CoC) areas. An additional 6,814 to 10,130 shelter beds are needed in emergency shelter, transitional housing, permanent housing, and rapid rehousing units to have enough shelter for all unsheltered homeless families with children in each CoC area. Continue reading The 2015 HUD Count Shows an Additional 6,800 to 10,100 Shelter Beds are Needed for Homeless Families with Children
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
Congress should provide the funding requested in the fiscal year 2016 budget to support the goal to prevent and end homelessness for families, youth, and children in 2020 because it would be able to keep families off of the streets on any given night. Continue reading Congress Should Provide Assistance to the 10,000 to 15,000 Adults and Children in Families Who Have No Shelter