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