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Congress’ New Budget Deal Creates Advocacy Opportunity for Increase Funding for Housing and Homelessness

National Alliance to End Homelessness, National Low-Income Housing Coalition, Corporation for Supportive Housing

In the wake of Congress’ Balanced Budget Act, passed on November 2, several national organizations are asking for help in advocating for increased federal funding for programs seeking to provide affordable housing and bring an end to homelessness.  The Balanced Budget Act is a two-year bipartisan budget agreement that raises the overall budget by $80 billion in fiscal year (FY) 2016 and FY 2017 and provides increased non-defense discretionary (NDD) programs funding by $33 billion in FY 2016. Congress is currently negotiating how the NDD funding will be allocated to programs and has until December 11 to pass the spending bill or another continuing resolution (CR).

The National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH), the National Low-Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC), and the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) have been advocating for increased funding for housing programs under the new budget deal. Over the past two weeks, NAEH and NLIHC have hosted national call-ins to members of Congress to discuss the important role housing and homelessness programs play in ending homelessness and providing safe and affordable housing for people in need. This is a perfect opportunity for advocates to reach out to their Congressional offices and ensure that housing and homelessness programs are prioritized and resources are allocated towards our efforts to end homelessness and create affordable housing in the state of Connecticut.

These budget priorities include:

  • Provide $2.480 billion for HUD’s McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants Program to maintain Emergency Solution Grant (ESG) activities, Continuum of Care (CoC) program capacity, and provide $40 million for initiatives to end homelessness among youth.
  • Oppose any raid on the National Housing Trust Fund to fund other programs.
  • Provide $18.05 billion to renew all Housing Choice Vouchers in use at the end of 2015 and $470 million to restore the remaining 60,000 vouchers lost due to sequestration.
  • Allocate $177 million for Section 811 Housing for Persons with Disabilities and fund Section 202 Housing for the Elderly at $455 million.
  • Provide $2.5 billion for public housing capital fund and at least $4.8 billion for public housing operating fund.
  • Provide $335 million for Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS.
  • Fund HOME program at $1.016 billion and provide $660 million for Native American Housing Block Grants.
  • Provide $100 million for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Agency (SAMHSA) homeless program and $75 million for the Projects for Assistance in Transition to Housing (PATH) program.


In addition, Partnership for Strong Communities has signed on to a letter, created by Corporation for Supportive Housing, being sent to the Senate Appropriations Committee and House Appropriations Committee that highlights how funding for housing programs would help to assist vulnerable households in accessing services and safe and affordable homes.

The funding increases listed above are essential to help meet Connecticut’s goals of ending chronic homelessness by the end of 2016 and providing substantial resources to end family and youth homelessness by 2022. Contact your members of Congress today and ask them to support the above-mentioned programs. Congressional offices contact information can be accessed here or by dialing the Congressional switchboard at 877-210-5351.

NAEH, in partnership with CSH, has developed talking points that advocates can use while contacting Congressional offices and which are available here

Click here to read CSH letter to Senate and House Appropriations Committee. 

Click here to view NLIHC action alert. 

Click here to view NAEH’s Advocacy Opportunity letter. 

Federal delegation contact information: 



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