United States Interagency Council on Homelessness - No on should experience homelessness. No one should be without a safe, stable place to call home.

President's FY 2014 Budget Confirms 
Commitment to Opening Doors

 April 15, 2013          

Chair and Vice-Chair


Making the Smart Investment - Ending Homelessness in America


As Chair and Vice-Chair of the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness, we are pleased to announce that President Obama's Fiscal Year 2014 Budget demonstrates an unwavering commitment to the goals of Opening Doors.  Overall, the President's Budget requests $5.3 billion in homeless programs across all Federal agencies.


Over the last three years, with President Obama's leadership and strong partnerships among Federal agencies, and with states and local communities, we have implemented Opening Doors by helping communities reduce the number of Veterans who experience homelessness by 18 percent and the number of Americans who experience chronic homelessness by 10 percent. We've  also demonstrated that smart, targeted investments can reduce homelessness - even in the wake of a historic recession.  This year's Budget strengthens our investment in targeted homelessness programs by 21.1 percent over fiscal year 2012 enacted levels and provides our communities more of the resources they need to become stronger, healthier, and more productive by preventing and ending homelessness.


This Administration is dedicated to ensuring that our Nation's Veterans, families, children, and all who suffer chronic homelessness have a safe, stable place to call home.  We are investing in responsible solutions that not only reduce homelessness, but also strengthen our communities by promoting stronger educational outcomes and reducing the taxpayer burden of preventable and costly emergency care and institutional services.


Thank you for your partnership in this important effort.  We hope you will join us to accelerate the pace of our efforts to achieve the goals of Opening Doors.




Secretary Eric K. ShinsekiSecretary Shaun Donovan
USICH ChairUSICH Vice-Chair
Department of Veterans AffairsDepartment of Housing and Urban Development



USICH Breaks Down Targeted Homeless Programs Requests in President's FY 2014 Budget
President Obama's Fiscal Year 2014 (FY 2014) Budget Proposal includes a strong funding commitment toward achieving the promise of Opening Doors. This year's Budget Proposal includes $5.3 billion for targeted homeless assistance funding, a 21.1 percent increase over the previously enacted Fiscal Year 2012 Budget. 


To promote an understanding of how the budget supports our work to prevent and end homelessness, USICH has prepared a fact sheet that details proposed funding levels for targeted homeless programs in the President's FY 2014 budget.


"The President's Budget reflects our commitment to responsible, evidence-based solutions for preventing and ending homelessness," said Barbara Poppe, USICH Executive Director. "I am pleased to share that the President's budget acknowledges the value of investing strategically, by providing our communities the resources they need to accelerate progress toward preventing and ending homelessness in their neighborhoods and across the country."


HUD's budget requests $2.4 billion for Homeless Assistance Grants, $480 million above the 2012 enacted level and provides 10,000 new vouchers targeted to homeless veterans in addition to the 45,905 veterans already served under HUD-VASH.


We will not end homelessness with targeted homeless programs alone. The President's Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Proposal includes significant funding commitments to mainstream programs that support Opening Doors implementation.  For example, the Second Chance Act (SCA) Grant program at the Department of Justice puts $119 million toward reducing re-offending by helping ex-offenders return to productive lives. In addition, HUD's budget includes $1 billion to capitalize the Housing Trust Fund to expand the supply of housing targeted to extremely low income families, $37.4 billion to provide rental housing assistance to 5.4 million low-income families, and a combined $526 million to sustain rental assistance and produce an estimated 4,100 new supportive housing units through HUD's Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly Program and Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities Program. 


-The President's FY 2014 Budget: Fact Sheet on Targeted Homelessness Programs 




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