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President Obama’s FY 17 Budget Shows Commitment to Ending Homelessness

National Alliance to End Homelessness, U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, National Low-Income Housing Coalition

The President released his fiscal year 2017 budget on February 9, including mandatory housing and homelessness programs. The budget calls for $1.8 billion increase in the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) programs over FY 2016, provides continuing funding to end veterans homelessness, and requests $11 billion in mandatory funding to end homelessness among families with children.

Highlights from the President’s budget:

  • Homeless Assistance for Families-Request $11 billion to provide short and long-term housing assistance to 550,000 families over the next ten years.
  • Local Housing Policy Grants Program-$300 million to support new policies, programs, and initiatives in local communities to develop a wide range of housing supply. 
  • National Housing Trust Fund- $138 million, a $6 million reduction from FY16.
  • McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants- $2.664 billion, up from FY16 $2.250 billion. It increases the Emergency Solution Grants by $20 million for homelessness prevention and rapid re-housing programs, and includes $2.362 billion for the Continuum of Care program.
  • Tenant Based Rental Assistance-$20.854 billion, which includes $88 million for new housing vouchers for families with children experiencing homelessness, and $15 million for Housing Choice Voucher Mobility Counseling.
  • Project Based Rental Assistance- $10.816 billion, up from FY16 $10.620 billion.
  • Public Housing Operating- $4.569 billion, an increase of $69 million from FY16.
  • Public Housing Capital- $1.865 billion, down from FY16 $1.900 billion.
  • Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS- $445 million, same funding level from FY16.
  • Choice Neighborhoods Initiative-$200 million, up from FY16 $125 million.
  • Community Development Block Grant- $2.880 billion, down from FY16 $3.060 funding level. 
  • Home Program-$950 million, same level of funding in FY16.
  • Section 811 Housing for People with Disabilities-$154 million, up $3 million from FY16.
  • Section 202 Housing for Elderly-$505 million, up $72 million from FY16.

Click here to read the National Alliance to End Homelessness’ overview of the proposed budget.

Click here to read the National Low-Income Housing Coalition’s summary of the budget. 

Click here to read US Interagency Council on Homelessness’s fact sheet on the budget. 


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