Table of Contents
Introduction .............................................................................................................................. 2
Policy Priorities ......................................................................................................................... 3
Legislation ................................................................................................................................ 3
Appropriations ..................................................................................................................... 4
Homeless Assistance Grants (HUD) ............................................................................. 4
Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers (HUD) ................................................................. 5
HUD – VA Supportive Housing Vouchers (HUD-VA) .................................................... 5
Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HUD) ................................................. 6
Supportive Services for Veteran Families (VA) ............................................................ 6
Grant and Per Diem Program (VA) ............................................................................... 7
Runaway and Homeless Youth Act Programs (HHS) ................................................... 7
SAMHSA Homeless Services (HHS) ............................................................................... 8
Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (HHS) .............................. 8
Community Health Centers / Health Care for the Homeless (HHS) .......................... 8
Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (DoL) ...................................................... 9
Education for Homeless Children and Youth (ED) ...................................................... 9
Second Chance Act (DOJ) ............................................................................................ 10
Emergency Food and Shelter Program (DHS) ............................................................ 10
Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Appropriations......................................... 11
Veterans Affairs (VA) Appropriations ........................................................................ 12
Health and Human Services (HHS), Labor, and Education Appropriations ............. 12
Miscellaneous Appropriations .................................................................................... 14
Authorizations ................................................................................................................... 15
Section 8 Voucher Reauthorization ........................................................................... 15
National Housing Trust Fund ..................................................................................... 15
HEARTH Act Technical Fix .......................................................................................... 16
Guide to Congress ................................................................................................................. 17
Capitol Hill Day Information .................................................................................................. 23
The National Alliance to End Homelessness publishes this Policy Guide each year to pull together in one document a description of issues with which Congress and the Administration are grappling that will have an impact on homelessness. People who work on ending homelessness in their communities have important information that is helpful to people making policy at the federal level. This Policy Guide is intended to make it easier to share that information. The Policy Guide gives a brief description of each issue or program, explains how it impacts homelessness, and describes what is at stake in current policy debates.
Federal policy has an important impact on homelessness in two ways. First, the federal government is a major source of funding, both for state and local programs working to end homelessness, and for benefits for Americans with the lowest incomes and the highest vulnerability. Second, federal policy can incentivize effective practices by rewarding results. The programs and issues described in the Policy Guide include those with both of these impacts.
Among other things, the Policy Guide is designed to be useful for advocates. Decision-makers in Washington, DC can only do their jobs effectively if they have good information about how policies play out in the field, what kinds of spending get good results, and what practices are the most important to incentivize. Since most people working in agencies and congressional offices cover a range of topics, they are unlikely to ever be real experts on a topic like how to end homelessness. They rely on people working in the field to give them helpful information. This Policy Guide makes it easier to know the important information.
This year there are some key issues that need to be addressed and messages that need to be communicated. The first issue is the importance of following the plan to end homelessness set out in Opening Doors: Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness. Action by Congress is needed this year to meet Opening Doors’ call for communities to end chronic homelessness by the end of 2016 (already pushed back a year to account for cuts to HUD programs). Thorough assessments by the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) have made it clear that accomplishing this will require about 37,000 additional rent subsidies targeted toward housing chronically homeless people. HUD included a request for this funding in its FY 2015 budget request, which Congress is considering now. The funding bills that have emerged so far in the House and Senate, however, do not include this. This proposal remains a high priority for the Administration, and will remain in play until final spending bills are passed for the year. The federal plan remains a crucial tool for making progress, and Congress needs to do its part. This message needs to be made forcefully, establishing that carrying out Opening Doors needs to be a national priority.
The other important message is that now, more than ever, we are proving that we are able to be successful. The large reductions in homelessness in some communities, among veterans, people with disabilities, and/or families, using proven models of permanent supportive housing, rapid re- housing, coordinated assessment, and a system-wide focus on outcomes, are proving that investments in the right kinds of programs will have a big positive impact for the most vulnerable people in our country. Most significantly, rapid reductions in homelessness among veterans demonstrate that when funded to scale, the approach to ending homelessness that communities have put into place is capable of achieving great results.
The Alliance is devoted to working with communities, the Administration, and Congress to improve federal policies that will prevent and end homelessness. A major concern is that as Congress continues to address the national debt and reduce federal spending, programs for the most vulnerable people, including people who are homeless, will be included in the federal cuts. Recent funding decisions have had a disproportionately negative impact on low- income populations and Congress must work to rectify those deleterious impacts.
The Alliance believes that advocating for the following programs will have the most significant impact on homelessness this year.
Provide $2.406 billion for the HUD Homeless Assistance Grants in fiscal year (FY) 2015. This funding level would cover the cost of maintaining and expanding Continuum of Care (CoC) programs and would help communities to continue their investment in rapid re-housing. This funding level will pay for enough new permanent supportive housing to end chronic homelessness by the end of 2016, the time frame laid out in Opening Doors.
Provide $1.64 billion for homeless veterans programs funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), including $500 million for the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program, in FY 2015. This proposal would allow communities to continue bringing SSVF to scale and maintain other valuable options for ensuring that homeless veterans have the services they need to stay housed. $1.64 billion would provide the funding necessary to end homelessness among veterans by 2015.
Fund all Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher renewals and provide $320 million to replace vouchers lost by sequestration. In addition, provide $75 million for 10,000 new HUD-VA Supportive Housing (HUD- VASH) vouchers in FY 2015. Available affordable housing is a key component in efforts to prevent and end homelessness. It is critical to guarantee stability for all current voucher holders, and to recover lost vouchers to help prevent and end homelessness for more people. The HUD-VASH vouchers are also necessary to help end veteran homelessness by 2015.
Fund the National Housing Trust Fund (NHTF). When funded to scale, the NHTF will close the gap between supply and need for affordable housing and will help end homelessness in the United States. The program is ready to be implemented as soon as Congress provides sufficient funding. Congress should work to finalize current House and Senate tax reform proposals that would fund the NHTF.
These and other programs play a critical role in the fight to end homelessness. As Members of Congress make decisions regarding annual funding bills and deficit reduction, they should be sure to prioritize programs that serve the most vulnerable people, including those experiencing homelessness.
¹Further detail about these policy priorities can be found throughout this Policy Guide.
The Legislation section of this Policy Guide describes some of the important issues in federal homelessness policy that Congress is likely to debate in 2014. There are two types of legislation:
● Appropriations bills, which provide funding for programs. Congress must enact these bills each year.
● Authorization bills, which create or modify programs or set automatic funding levels for them. These bills do not have to be enacted annually.
The initiatives described below are not the only proposals in Congress that affect homelessness, but they are the most likely to be enacted in the near future and to have the most significant impact on people experiencing homelessness.
As noted in the introduction, this year will be challenging for work on appropriations. Many Members of Congress wish to further reduce federal spending, and some wish to drastically reduce the federal government’s role in social programs overall. Furthermore, the upcoming November mid-term elections may further delay finalization of FY 2015 appropriations.
Despite these challenges, in advocating for increased spending for homelessness, advocates can emphasize key points that have proven effective in motivating Members of Congress: homeless people are among the poorest and most vulnerable people in the nation and have the most acute needs. Fortunately, the work to address homelessness, and the federal programs that support that work, are extremely effective and efficient. Both Republicans and Democrats can take credit for the excellent outcomes of homeless assistance programs – the latest data show a decrease in overall homelessness and substantial decreases in veteran, chronic, and family homelessness.
It will be necessary to secure significant increases in funding for homeless and housing programs in order to increase our capacity to end homelessness. We hope to increase capacity by acquiring the permanent supportive housing resources necessary to meet our goal to end chronic homelessness by the end of 2016, and by expanding investments in the Emergency Solutions Grant program to help communities rapidly and permanently house people experiencing homelessness. This section of the Policy Guide provides overviews of many of these vital homeless and housing programs. Please note that all funding levels below refer to proposals and recommendations for FY 2015 funding, unless otherwise noted.
HOMELESS ASSISTANCE GRANTS (HUD)
HUD’s McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants program is the largest federal program working to address homelessness. The HEARTH Act reauthorization of 2009 created an expanded Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) program (formerly the Emergency Shelter Grant) to fund both traditional shelter activities and new homelessness prevention and rapid re-housing efforts. The expanded ESG program is intended to help communities continue the progress made through the Recovery Act’s Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP) funding which expired in September 2012.
Most of the remaining funds under HUD’s McKinney-Vento program are distributed through the Continuum of Care (CoC) program. Under this competitive grant process, homeless providers in a specific geographic area work together to identify their needs, describe their assistance strategies, and rank the projects that they want to fund. Funding can be used for permanent supportive housing, transitional housing, rapid re-housing, and services.
The HEARTH Act was intended to begin to be implemented in FY 2012; however, Congress has not yet provided sufficient funding to make all the anticipated changes. The new Rural Housing program has not been implemented, and many communities have not received Continuum-level funding for administration, for example.
In its FY 2015 Budget Proposal, the Administration requested $2.406 billion for Homeless Assistance Grants, an increase of $301 million over the final FY 2014 level. A small amount would be needed to fund existing programs whose multi-year grants will expire and to adjust permanent housing grants to take increasing rental costs into account. Most of the increase, however, is intended to fund new permanent supportive
housing for approximately 37,000 chronically homeless people. Combined with work to better target existing permanent supportive housing units to chronically homeless people, and to use a portion of turnover in mainstream HUD programs, this would be enough to end chronic homelessness by the end of 2016, in line with the time frame set out in Opening Doors.
In June, the House of Representatives has passed legislation to fund HUD programs. Their bill would provide $2.105 billion for HUD’s Homeless Assistance Grants, the same as in FY 2014. Because increased funding is needed just to maintain existing units, this funding level would likely require some programs to be defunded, as was the case with the FY 2013 “sequestration” funding cuts. The Senate Appropriations Committee has passed a bill with a funding level of $2.145 billion, which according to our estimates is enough to avoid downsizing, but not enough to achieve the goal of ending chronic homelessness.
Congress should provide $2.406 billion in FY 2015 for HUD’s Homeless Assistance Grants programs to maintain the current level of assistance and to put money on the table to meet the goal of ending chronic homelessness by 2016.
SECTION 8 HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHERS (HUD)
HUD’s Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program, also known as Tenant-Based Rental Assistance, is the core program intended to assist extremely low income people with the cost of housing and has proven to be highly effective at preventing and ending homelessness.
Program participants pay 30 percent of their income for rent, with the program paying the remainder up to a set maximum. About two million households receive rental assistance through this program, and 75 percent of all turnover vouchers are targeted to individuals and families with incomes at or below 30 percent of area median income (AMI). About 82 percent of voucher households are attached to the workforce or are elderly or disabled.
The lack of funding for this program means that only about one in four households that are eligible for vouchers receive any form of federal housing assistance.
Within the Section 8 program, the Administration and Congress typically commit some Housing Choice Vouchers for the HUD-VASH program (see below for more information).
The Administration requested $20.045 billion for Housing Choice Vouchers in FY 2015, an increase of $868 million over the final FY 2014 level. The House approved legislation that would provide $19.357 billion in FY 2015. The Senate Appropriations Committee approved legislation that would provide $19.562 billion. Both House and Senate bills included $75 million for new HUD-VASH vouchers. Neither bill, however, would be sufficient to avoid downsizing the number of families served compared to the FY 2014 funding level, due to rising rental and other costs.
The Alliance recommends that Congress fund all Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher renewals and provide $320 million to replace vouchers lost by sequestration. In addition, Congress should provide $75 million for 10,000 new HUD-VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) vouchers in FY 2015.
HUD-VA SUPPORTIVE HOUSING VOUCHERS (HUD AND VA)
The HUD-VASH voucher program is a joint supportive housing program administered through HUD and VA. Homeless veterans receive Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers
from HUD that are coupled with case management and clinical services provided by VA. As part of the broader plan to end veteran homelessness, for the past seven years Congress has appropriated funds to provide approximately 10,000 incremental HUD-VASH vouchers per year for a current total of about 70,000 vouchers. They are targeted to those who need permanent supportive housing.
For FY 2015 the Administration proposed funding VA case management services at $321 million, a $43 million increase from FY 2014. The Administration’s Section 8 request included $75 million for 10,000 new targeted vouchers within HUD. The full House and Senate Appropriations Committee both voted to provide the requested $75 million for an additional 10,000 new vouchers within HUD but the House voted to provide only $278 million for VA case management, representing flat funding from last year. The Senate Appropriations Committee voted to fund VA case management at $374 million (a significant $96 million increase over FY 2014).
The Alliance recommends that Congress provide $374 million for the VA case management portion of HUD-VASH. In addition, Congress should provide $75 million for the HUD portion to fund an additional 10,000 vouchers in FY 2015.
HOUSING OPPORTUNITIES FOR PERSONS WITH AIDS (HUD)
Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) provides stable housing and supportive services for low-income people living with HIV/AIDS, thereby improving their access to life-sustaining treatment. Evidence of the link between housing, access to health care, and management of HIV/AIDS is strong.
HOPWA funding to state and local governments supports:
Short-term rental assistance;
Mortgage and utility assistance to prevent homelessness; and
Facility-based assistance, including construction, rehabilitation, acquisition, operating costs, and supportive services.
The Administration’s request of $332 million in FY 2015 is an increase of $2 million over the final funding level in FY 2014. The full House approved legislation in June that would provide $306 million for the program, representing a $24 million cut. The Senate Appropriations Committee approved funding legislation that would provide $330 million for the program.
Recommendation The Alliance recommends that Congress provide $332 million for HOPWA programs in FY 2015, which would supply urgently- needed housing assistance for people living with HIV/AIDS.
SUPPORTIVE SERVICES FOR VETERAN FAMILIES (VA)
The Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program awards grants to nonprofit organizations that provide rapid re-housing and homelessness prevention services to veterans and their families.
The Administration requested $500 million for SSVF in FY 2015, which represents a $200 million increase from FY 2014. The Senate Appropriations Committee voted in May to provide $500 million (matching the Administration’s proposal) for the program in FY 2015. The full House voted in late April to flat fund the SSVF program at $300 million.
The Alliance recommends that Congress provide $500 million for SSVF in FY 2015 to fund this program at a scale necessary to end veteran homelessness by the end of 2015.
GRANT AND PER DIEM PROGRAM (VA)
The Homeless Veterans Grant and Per Diem (GPD) program funds capital grants and operating costs for transitional housing and service centers for homeless veterans. It has two components: a capital grant program that can fund up to 65 percent of the capital costs of construction, renovation, or acquisition; and a Per Diem component that funds operating costs, including salaries, for transitional housing programs and service centers for homeless veterans.
The Administration proposed providing $252 million for the program in FY 2015, a $2 million increase over FY 2014. The full House voted to flat fund the program at $250 million for FY 2015. In May, the full Senate Appropriations Committee voted for a funding increase of $3 million for GPD in FY 2015, $1 million higher than the Administration’s proposal.
The Alliance recommends that Congress provide $253 million for the Grant and Per Diem Program in FY 2015.
RUNAWAY AND HOMELESS YOUTH ACT PROGRAMS (HHS)
The Family and Youth Services Bureau, part of Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Administration for Children and Families, administers the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA) programs. There are three RHYA programs:
The Basic Center (BC) Program addresses the immediate needs of runaway and homeless youth (and their families) up to age 18, providing emergency shelter, reunification when possible, food, clothing, counseling, and access to health care;
The Transitional Living Program (TLP) supports housing and services for homeless youth ages 16 to 21 for up to 18 months; and
The Street Outreach Program provides funds to private and nonprofit agencies for prevention and outreach efforts designed to move youth off the streets.
The Administration requested $114 million for the RHYA programs: $53 million for BC, $44 million for TLP, and $17 million for Street Outreach, representing flat funding from FY 2014. The Administration also proposed providing $2 million to conduct a national incidence and prevalence study of youth homelessness, which is important because accurate national-level data is needed about the number of runaway and homeless youth and their needs. The proposed funding for RHYA programs is level with FY 2014 funding (with the exception of the extra $2 million for the incidence and prevalence study). The House has not released or voted on any funding bills for HHS programs. On June 10, the Senate Appropriations Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (L- HHS) Subcommittee approved an FY 2015 appropriations bill that keeps overall L-HHS funding at FY 2014 levels. However, as of printing, the details of that bill have not been released, and the full Senate Appropriations Committee has not approved the bill.
The Alliance recommends that Congress provide $140 million for RHYA programs in FY 2015, including dedicated funds for the proposed incidence and prevalence study. This funding level will help to close the gap between the number of homeless youth and number of available RHYA beds for them.
SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES ADMINISTRATION HOMELESS SERVICES (HHS)
Homeless programs operated by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) directly target services – such as behavioral health treatment, health care referral, and case management – within supportive housing settings. These programs are highly effective and cost-efficient, filling important service gaps while helping people experiencing chronic homelessness begin to access critical mainstream programs. Extensive data and research demonstrate that the most successful interventions for that population link housing assistance to appropriate support services. However, for many communities, the largest obstacle to progress in ending homelessness is funding for services. SAMHSA’s financial support for services will continue to be critical to ending homelessness.
The Administration requested $74 million for SAMHSA Homeless Services programs in FY 2015, the same amount the program received in FY 2014. The House has not released or voted on any funding bills for HHS programs. On June 10, the Senate L-HHS Appropriations Subcommittee approved an FY 2015 appropriations bill that keeps overall L-HHS funding at FY 2014 levels. However, as of print time, the details of that bill have not been released, and the full Senate Appropriations Committee has not yet approved the bill.
The Alliance recommends that, for FY 2015, Congress provide at least $100 million for SAMHSA Homeless Services to fund essential treatment services linked to permanent supportive housing.
PROJECTS FOR ASSISTANCE IN TRANSITION FROM HOMELESSNESS (HHS)
SAMHSA’s Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH) program provides funding to states to serve homeless or at-risk individuals who have serious mental illness, including those with co-occurring substance use disorders. Eligible services include outreach, screening and diagnosis, habilitation and rehabilitation, community mental health services, substance abuse treatment, case management, residential supervision, and housing.
The Administration requested $65 million for the PATH program in FY 2015, which is level with FY 2014 funding. The House has not released or voted on any funding bills for HHS programs. On June 10, the Senate L-HHS Appropriations Subcommittee approved an FY 2015 appropriations bill that keeps overall L-HHS funding at FY 2014 levels. However, as of print time, the details of that bill have not been released, and the full Senate Appropriations Committee has not yet approved the bill.
The Alliance recommends that Congress provide the full authorized amount of $75 million for the PATH program in FY 2015 to better serve homeless and at-risk individuals with serious mental illnesses.
COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS / HEALTH CARE FOR THE HOMELESS (HHS)
The Community Health Center (CHC) program operates in medically-underserved areas, ensuring people in high-poverty rural and urban communities have adequate access to health care, especially primary care. Since many homeless individuals are not currently eligible for Medicaid, the health centers fulfill a critical basic need. Through expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010, health centers will continue to guarantee access to appropriate care in underserved communities, as well as fill
coverage gaps for critical services to vulnerable populations.
Funding for community health centers is vital to ending homelessness as health centers provide intensive outreach, case management, linkages to housing, income, and transportation, as well as primary care. Each year, 8.7 percent of the overall CHC appropriation is directed to Health Care for the Homeless (HCH) clinics, which reach out specifically to people experiencing homelessness.
The Administration requested a total of $4.6 billion for CHCs, including $3.6 billion in mandatory ACA funding. This request reflects an increase of $960 million over FY 2014 funding levels. The House has not released or voted on any funding bills for HHS programs. On June 10, the Senate L-HHS Appropriations Subcommittee approved an FY 2015 funding bill that includes approximately $5.1 billion for CHCs, including the $3.6 billion in mandatory ACA funding. This is an increase of approximately $1.5 billion over FY 2014 funding levels. However, as of print time, the full Senate Appropriations Committee has yet not approved the bill.
The Alliance recommends that Congress provide $5.1 billion for the CHC program in FY 2015, including $443 million for HCH, to ensure access to vital health care services for those who need them.
HOMELESS VETERANS’ REINTEGRATION PROGRAM (DOL)
The Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP), within the Department of Labor (DOL), provides job placement services to homeless veterans. HVRP provides yearly competitive grants to state and local workforce investment boards, public agencies, and nonprofit and for-profit organizations that offer employment-based case management and services. The Incarcerated Veterans Transition program is a pilot program funded through HVRP that helps veterans who are previous offenders and are at risk of homelessness successfully enter the workforce. Due to insufficient funding, HVRP has only been able to serve a small percentage of eligible homeless veterans.
The Administration requested $38 million for HVRP in FY 2015, representing flat funding
from FY 2014. The House has not released or voted on any funding bills for DOL programs. On June 10, the Senate L-HHS Appropriations Subcommittee approved an FY 2015 appropriations bill that keeps overall L-HHS funding at FY 2014 levels. However, as of print time, the details of that bill have not been released, and the full Senate Appropriations Committee has not yet approved the bill.
The Alliance recommends that Congress provide $50 million for the HVRP program in FY 2015, which would provide employment services to veterans who are accessing rapid re-housing or prevention through SSVF or ESG.
EDUCATION FOR HOMELESS CHILDREN AND YOUTH (ED)
The Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) program ensures that children who are homeless are able to enroll in, attend, and succeed in school. It establishes liaisons within schools to identify homeless children and refer them and their families to community services. It also provides funding for children’s transportation, tutoring, and
supplies. In recent years, school districts have reported large increases in the number of homeless students, yet the level of resources provided for this program has remained stagnant.
The Administration requested $65 million for EHCY, representing flat funding from FY
2014. On June 10, the Senate L-HHS Appropriations Subcommittee approved an FY 2015 appropriations bill that keeps overall L-HHS funding at FY 2014 levels. However, as of print time, the details of that bill have not been released, and the full Senate Appropriations Committee has not yet approved the bill. The House has not released or voted on any funding bills for L-HHS programs.
The Alliance recommends that Congress provide $75 million for EHCY in FY 2015 to help address the educational needs of the increasing number of homeless children and youth.
SECOND CHANCE ACT (DOJ)
The Second Chance Act Prisoner Reentry program within the Department of Justice (DOJ) is designed to enhance outcomes for people returning to communities from prisons and jails. This program gives federal grants to government agencies and nonprofit organizations to provide employment assistance, substance abuse treatment, housing, family programming, mentoring, victim support, and other services to help reduce recidivism. The goal of this program is to help former prisoners reenter their communities and avoid unemployment, reoffending, homelessness, and other negative outcomes.
The Administration requested $115 million for the Second Chance Act in FY 2015, a $47 million increase over the FY 2014 funding level. The House approved legislation that would provide $63 million in FY 2015 for the program. The Senate Appropriations Committee voted to provide $70 million for the Second Chance Act program in FY 2015. As of print time, the full Senate has not yet approved the FY 2015 DOJ appropriations bill.
The Alliance recommends that Congress provide $115 million for Second Chance Act grant programs in FY 2015 in order to ensure that those exiting the criminal justice system have the resources they need to reenter society and avoid recidivism and homelessness.
EMERGENCY FOOD AND SHELTER PROGRAM (DHS)
The Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) is operated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). EFSP distributes federal funds to local communities for homelessness prevention and emergency food and shelter services. At the local level, EFSP funds are distributed by local boards, comprised of nonprofit, faith- based, and community agencies active in antipoverty work. EFSP combats homelessness by providing one-time monetary grants to families whose short-term crisis situations leave them behind on rent, utilities, or mortgage payments. It can also fund shelter or hotel placements, meals, and groceries.
The Administration requested $100 million for EFSP, $20 million below the final FY 2014 funding level. In early June, the full House voted to provide $120 million for the program. In late June, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved legislation that would provide $100 million for the program. As of print time, the full Senate has not yet approved the FY 2015 DHS appropriations bill.
The Alliance recommends that Congress provide $120 million for EFSP in FY 2015 to increase homelessness prevention and emergency food and shelter services.
HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT (HUD) APPROPRIATIONS
The following table shows the funding levels selected HUD programs received in FY 2014 and the levels requested by the Administration for FY 2015. The full House approved the FY 2015 HUD appropriations bill on June 10. The full Senate Appropriations Committee approved its FY 2015 funding bill on June 5. As of print time, the full Senate had not yet approved the FY 2015 HUD appropriations bill. The latest figures are included in the chart below.
Table: Summary of Appropriations for HUD (in millions of dollars)
FY 2014 Enacted
FY 2015 Admin. Proposal
FY 2015 Full House
FY 2015 Senate Approps Cmte Homeless Assistance Grants 2,105 2,406 2,105 2,145
330 Housing Choice Vouchers 19,177 20,045 19,357 19,562
 Section 811 Mainstream Vouchers     Project-based Vouchers 9,917 9,746 9,746 9,746 Public Housing Operating Subsidies 4,400 4,600 4,400 4,475 Capital 1,875 1,925 1,775 1,900 Choice Neighborhood Initiative 90 119 25 90 CDBG 3,030 2,800 3,000 3,020 HOME 1,000 950 700 950 Housing for the Elderly (Section 202) 384 440 420 420 Housing for People with Disabilities (Section 811) 126 160 135 135
Brackets indicate that funding is included in the above program.
VETERANS AFFAIRS (VA) APPROPRIATIONS
The table below provides an overview of the funding levels selected VA programs received in FY 2014 and the levels requested by the Administration for FY 2015. The full House approved the FY 2015 VA appropriations bill
on April 30. The full Senate Appropriations Committee marked up its FY 2015 funding bill on May 22. As of print time, the full Senate had not approved the FY 2015 VA appropriations bill.
FY 2014 Enacted
FY 2015 Admin. Proposal
FY 2015 Full House
FY 2015 Senate Approps Cmte Veterans Homelessness Programs 1,400 1,600 1,400 1,641 Supportive Services for Veteran Families     Grant and Per Diem     HUD-VASH (VA case management portion)    
Brackets indicate that funding is included in the above program.
HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (HHS), LABOR (DOL), AND EDUCATION (ED) APPROPRIATIONS
The House and Senate spending bills for the Departments of Labor, HHS, and Education include funding for many programs that serve individuals or families who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness.
This table provides an overview of the funding each of these programs received in FY 2014, as well as the amount requested by the Administration for FY 2015. The Senate L- HHS Subcommittee marked up its FY 2015 funding bill on June 10. As of print time, the House had not released FY 2015 appropriations bills for L-HHS programs and the Senate bill had not been approved by the full Appropriations Committee or full Senate.
FY 2015 Admin. Proposal
FY 2015 House LHHS Subcmte
FY 2015 Senate LHHS Subcmte Community Health Centers (Discretionary)* 1,495 1,000 n/a 1,491 Community Health Centers (Mandatory under ACA) 2,145 3,600 n/a 3,600 SAMHSA Homeless Services 74 74 n/a n/a PATH 65 65 n/a n/a
Ryan White AIDS Programs
n/a LIHEAP 3,425 2,800 n/a 3,390
Community Services Block Grant (CSBG)
668 Family Violence Prevention and Services 134 135 n/a n/a
Runaway and Homeless Youth Programs (RHYA)*
n/a Promoting Safe and Stable Families (Discretionary) 60 60 n/a n/a
Education for Homeless Children and Youth
n/a Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program 38 38 n/a n/a
*The President’s budget commits $2 million from the RHYA program to conduct a national prevalence and incidence study on youth homelessness
The Department of Agriculture (Ag), DOJ, and DHS also have programs that serve homeless and at-risk people. This table provides an overview of the funding many of these programs received in FY 2014, as well as the amount requested by the Administration for FY 2015. The full House passed its FY 2015 DOJ funding bill in June, and the Senate Appropriations Committee also voted on its version of the bill in June. The House Appropriations Committee marked up its FY 2015 Ag and DHS funding bills in May and June, respectively, and the Senate Appropriations Committee marked up its version of the Ag bill in May and its version of the DHS bill in June. As of print time, no further action had been taken on any of these bills.
FY 2014 Enacted
FY 2015 Admin. Proposal
FY 2015 Full House
FY 2015 Senate Approps Cmte Transitional Housing for Victims of Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Stalking, or Sexual Assault (DOJ) 25 25 25 26 Federal Juvenile Justice Programs (DOJ) 255 299 224 258 Second Chance Act Prisoner Reentry (DOJ) 68 115 63 70
FY 2014 Enacted
FY 2015 Admin. Proposal
FY 2015 House Approps Cmte
FY 2015 Senate Approps Cmte Rural Housing (Department of Agriculture)
24 Section 521 1,110 1,089 1,089 1,094 Emergency Food and Shelter Program (DHS) 120 100 120 100 Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (DOL) 38 38 n/a n/a
Because of a divided Congress (Republican- controlled House and Democratic-controlled Senate), time-consuming budgetary issues, and other matters, advancing authorization bills remains difficult. However, some authorizing legislation related to affordable housing and homelessness may move forward.
The initiatives described below are not the only proposals regarding homelessness being considered, but they are those most likely to advance or have an impact.
SECTION 8 VOUCHER REAUTHORIZATION
For several years, advocates and congressional committee staff have been working on technical reforms to the Housing Choice Voucher program (Section 8) that would remove bureaucratic red tape and allow the program to serve more people without increased spending. Advocates for tenants, low-income people who are not getting help, housing authorities, local officials, and HUD have now largely agreed on a package of reforms that would improve the program’s efficiency without unduly burdening the beneficiaries of the program.
National and local organizations have agreed upon ten basic tenets to be included in the reform legislation, including streamlining housing quality inspections and rent calculations, stabilizing voucher allocation, and making the housing admissions process fairer.
Outlook and Recommendation
As of print time there has been a good deal of behind-the-scenes work, but no comprehensive authorizing bill has been introduced that includes the entire package of reforms. The HUD Appropriations bills that have begun to move in the House and Senate include some of these cost-saving measures, indicating a desire to move forward. In cases like this, authorizing-type legislation is sometimes passed on an appropriations bill. However, for this to happen the authorizing committees will have to send a clear signal to the appropriations committees that they approve of the process, and that there is bipartisan, bicameral agreement on the provisions.
The Alliance recommends that Members of Congress inform the authorizing committees (Senate Banking Committee, House Financial Services Committee) that they support the consensus list of cost-saving reforms to the Housing Choice Voucher program and that reform legislation should move through the relevant congressional committees.
NATIONAL HOUSING TRUST FUND RESOURCES
In July 2008, the Housing and Economic Recovery Act was signed into law, establishing a National Housing Trust Fund, among other housing-related provisions. The goal of the Trust Fund is to provide ongoing, permanent, dedicated, and sufficient sources of revenue to build, rehabilitate, and preserve 1.5 million units of housing for the lowest- income families over the next 10 years.
At least 90 percent of Trust Fund resources must be used for the production, preservation, rehabilitation, or operation of rental housing. Up to 10 percent can be used for the following homeownership activities for first-time homebuyers: production, preservation, rehabilitation, down payment assistance, closing cost assistance, and assistance for interest rate buy-downs. At least 75 percent of the funds for rental housing must benefit extremely low income households (30 percent of AMI or less) or households with incomes below the federal poverty line, whichever is greater. All funds must benefit very low income households (50 percent of AMI or less).
Although the Trust Fund has been established, a permanent funding stream has
not been secured. It is estimated that more than $200 billion over 10 years would be needed to fully implement the Trust Fund to scale.
Outlook and Recommendation
The Administration’s FY 2015 budget proposed $1 billion in mandatory funding to capitalize the Trust Fund. The Housing Finance Reform and Taxpayer Protection Act of 2013, S. 1217, also known as the “Johnson-Crapo” housing finance reform bill, if enacted, would provide $3.75 billion annual investment in the NHTF. That bill has been approved by the full Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs. Advocates should work to ensure passage of the legislation in the Senate before the end of the 113th Congress. While it is not likely that the House and Senate will reach a compromise on housing finance reform this Congress, whatever passes the Senate will likely be the basis for efforts in the next Congress.
In addition, on March 12, 2013 Representative Keith Ellison (D-MN) introduced HR 1213, the Common Sense Housing Investment Act of 2013. This legislation would: lower the cap on the amount of mortgage for which interest can be deducted from $1 million to $500,000; convert the mortgage interest deduction to a 15 percent non-refundable mortgage interest tax credit; phase these changes in over five years; and direct the resulting revenue to the National Housing Trust Fund, as well as the Low Income Housing Tax Credit, Section 8, and the Public Housing Capital Fund. While this bill is not expected to be taken up in short run, there may be opportunities for passage, or inclusion in comprehensive tax reform legislation, in the future.
HEARTH ACT RENTAL ASSISTANCE TECHNICAL FIX
The Alliance is currently working with key staff on the House Financial Services Committee to pass a small technical fix to the HEARTH Act of 2009, which reauthorized the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants Program. The CoC regulations that were released in 2012 included language that stated that only government entities (including Public Housing Authorities) are able to administer rental assistance. This regulation is based in the legislation; therefore, it requires a legislative (as opposed to regulatory) fix. The language excludes nonprofits from administering short term rental assistance such as that associated with rapid re-housing. Government entities are typically reluctant to administer small amounts of rental assistance such as these.
Outlook and Recommendation Efforts are underway to amend the current language to include nonprofits [501(c)(3)] as entities eligible to administer rental assistance with HUD CoC funds. Both the Administration’s budget proposal and the Senate Appropriations Committee’s FY 2015 HUD funding legislation included language which would allow nonprofits to administer rental assistance. It is unclear when or if the House will take up such a measure. Currently, nonprofits are able to administer rental assistance through FY 2015.
The Alliance recommends that the House Financial Services Committee and Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee pass a simple language correction for this issue as soon as possible to provide a permanent fix.
Guide to Congress
The following is a list of Members of Congress along with committee assignments for those who are on key committees for housing and homelessness.
Underline – Indicates the Member is Chair or Ranking Member of the Committee or Subcommittee
App – Appropriations Committee
(La) – Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education
(HUD) – Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development
(VA) – Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veteran Affairs
Ba – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee
(Hous) – Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation, and Community Development
Bu – Budget Committee
Jud – Judiciary Committee
Fin – Finance Committee
Vet – Veterans’ Affairs Committee
HELP – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee
AL Richard Shelby (R) – App(La,HUD), Ba(Hous)
AL Jeff Sessions (R) – Bu, Jud
AK Mark Begich (D) – App(VA), Vet, Bu
AK Lisa Murkowski (R) – App(VA), HELP
AZ John McCain (R)
AZ Jeff Flake (R) –Jud
AR John Boozman (R) – App(La,HUD), Vet
AR Mark Pryor (D) – App(HUD,VA)
CA Dianne Feinstein (D) – App(HUD), Jud
CA Barbara Boxer (D)
CO Mark Udall (D)
CO Michael Bennet (D) – Fin, HELP
CT Richard Blumenthal (D) – Jud, Vet
CT Christopher Murphy (D) – HELP
DE Chris Coons (D) – Bu, Jud
DE Tom Carper (D) – Fin
FL Bill Nelson (D) – Bu, Fin
FL Marco Rubio (R)
GA Saxby Chambliss (R)
GA Johnny Isakson (R) – Fin, Vet, HELP
HI Brian Schatz (D)
HI Mazie Hirono (D) – Jud, Vet
ID Jim Risch (R)
ID Michael Crapo (R) – Bu, Fin, Ba
IL Richard Durbin (D) – App(La,HUD), Jud
IL Mark S. Kirk (R) – App(La,HUD, VA), Ba(Hous), HELP
IN Joe Donnelly (D)
IN Dan Coats (R) – App(HUD, VA)
IA Charles Grassley (R) – Bu, Fin, Jud
IA Tom Harkin (D) – App(La,HUD), HELP
KS Pat Roberts (R) – Fin, HELP
KS Jerry Moran (R) – App(La,HUD), Ba(Hous), Vet
KY Mitch McConnell (R) – App(VA)
KY Rand Paul (R) – HELP
LA Mary Landrieu (D) – App(La, VA)
LA David Vitter (R) – Ba
ME Angus King, Jr. (I) – Bu
ME Susan Collins (R) – App(HUD, VA)
MD Barbara Mikulski (D) – App(La,HUD), HELP
MD Benjamin Cardin (D) – Fin
MA Elizabeth Warren (D) – HELP, Ba(Hous)
MA Ed Markey (D)
MI Carl Levin (D)
MI Debbie Stabenow (D) – Bu, Fin
MN Al Franken (D) – HELP, Jud
MN Amy Klobuchar (D) – Jud
MS Thad Cochran (R) – App(La)
MS Roger Wicker (R) – Bu
MO Roy Blunt (R) – App(HUD, VA)
MO Claire McCaskill (D)
MT John Walsh (D) – Fin
MT Jon Tester (D) – Ba, Vet, App(La,VA)
NE Mike Johanns (R) – App(La,VA), Ba, Vet
NE Deb Fischer (R)
NV Harry Reid (D)
NV Dean Heller (R) – Ba(Hous), Vet
NH Jeanne Shaheen (D) – App(La,VA)
NH Kelly Ayotte (R) – Bu
NJ Cory Booker (D)
NJ Robert Menendez (D) – Ba(Hous), Fin
NM Tom Udall (D) – App(VA)
NM Martin Heinrich (D)
NY Charles Schumer (D) – Ba(Hous), Fin, Jud
NY Kristen Gillibrand (D)
NC Kay Hagan (D) – HELP, Ba
NC Richard Burr (R) – Vet, HELP, Fin
ND Heidi Heitkamp (D) –Ba(Hous)
ND John Hoeven (R) – App(HUD,VA)
OH Sherrod Brown (D) – Ba(Hous), Vet
OH Rob Portman (R) – Bu, Fin
OK Jim Inhofe (R)
OK Tom Coburn (R) – Ba(Hous)
OR Ron Wyden (D) – Bu, Fin
OR Jeff Merkley (D) – App(La), HELP, Ba
PA Bob Casey (D) – Fin, HELP
PA Patrick Toomey (R) – Ba(Hous), Bu, Fin
RI Jack Reed (D) – App(HUD,VA), Ba(Hous)
RI Sheldon Whitehouse (D) – Bu, HELP, Jud
SC Lindsey Graham (R) – Bu, App(La, HUD), Jud
SC Tim Scott (R) – HELP
SD Tim Johnson (D) – App(HUD, VA), Ba
SD John Thune (R) – Fin
TN Lamar Alexander (R) – App(La, HUD), HELP
TN Bob Corker (R) – Ba(Hous)
TX Ted Cruz (R) – Jud
TX John Cornyn (R) – Fin, Jud
UT Orrin Hatch (R) – Fin, HELP, Jud
UT Mike Lee (R) – Jud
VT Patrick Leahy (D) – App(HUD), Jud
VT Bernard Sanders (I) – Bu, HELP, Vet
VA Mark Warner (D) – Ba, Bu
VA Tim Kaine (D) – Bu
WA Patty Murray (D) – App(La, HUD, VA), Bu, Vet, HELP
WA Maria Cantwell (D) – Fin
WV John D. Rockefeller (D) – Fin, Vet
WV Joe Manchin III (D) – Ba
WI Tammy Baldwin (D) – Bu, HELP
WI Ron Johnson (R) – Bu
WY John Barrasso (R)
WY Michael Enzi (R) – Fin, Bu, HELP
1. Jo Bonner (R) – App
2. Martha Roby (R) – EdW
3. Mike D. Rogers (R)
4. Robert Aderholt (R) – App
5. Mo Brooks (R)
6. Spencer Bachus (R) – Fin(Hous), Jud
7. Terri Sewell (D) – Fin
At Large. Don Young (R)
1. Ann Kirkpatrick (D) – Vet
2. Ron Barber (D)
3. Raúl M. Grijalva (D) – EdW
4. Paul Gosar (R)
5. Matt Salmon (R) – EdW
6. David Schweikert (R)
7. Ed Pastor (D) – App(HUD)
8. Trent Franks (R) – Jud
9. Krysten Sinema (D) – Fin(Hous)
1. Rick Crawford (R)
2. Tim Griffin (R)
3. Steve Womack (R) – App(La)
4. Tom Cotton (R) – Fin
1. Doug LaMalfa (R)
2. Jared Huffman (D) – Bu
3. John Garamendi (D)
4. Tom McClintock (R) – Bu
5. Mike Thompson (D) – WM(Hth)
6. Doris Matsui (D) – EnC
7. Ami Bera (D)
8. Paul Cook (D) – Vet
9. Jerry McNerney (D) – EnC
10. Jeff Denham (R) – Vet
11. George Miller (D) – EdW
12. Nancy Pelosi (D)
13. Barbara Lee (D) – App(La), Bu
14. Jackie Speier (D)
15. Eric Swalwell (D)
16. Jim Costa (D)
17. Mike Honda (D) – App(La)
18. Anna Eshoo (D) – EnC
19. Zoe Lofgren (D) – Jud
20. Sam Farr (D) – App(VA)
21. David G. Valadao (R) – App
22. Devin Nunes (R) – WM(Hth)
23. Kevin McCarthy (R) – Fin
24. Lois Capps (D) – EnC
25. Howard “Buck” McKeon (R) – EdW
26. Julia Brownley (D) – Vet
27. Judy Chu (D) – Jud
28. Adam Schiff (D) – App
29. Tony Càrdenas (D) – Bu
30. Brad Sherman (D) – Fin(Hous)
31. Gary Miller (R) – Fin(Hous)
32. Grace Napolitano (D)
33. Henry Waxman (D) – EnC
34. Xavier Becerra (D) – WM
35. Gloria Negrete McLeod (D) – Vet
36. Paul Ruiz (D) – Vet
37. Karen Bass (D) – Jud
38. Linda Sánchez (D) – WM(HR)
39. Edward R. Royce (R) – Fin(Hous)
40. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D) – App(La)
41. Mark Takano (D) – Vet
42. Ken Calvert (R) – App, Bu
43. Maxine Waters (D) – Fin(Hous)
44. Janice Hahn (D)
45. John Campbell (R) – Fin, Bu
46. Loretta Sanchez (D)
47. Alan Lowenthal (D)
48. Dana Rohrabacher (R)
49. Darrell Issa (R) – Jud
50. Duncan Hunter (R) – EdW
51. Juan Vargas (D)
52. Scott Peters (D)
53. Susan Davis (D) – EdW
1. Diana DeGette (D) – EnC
2. Jared Polis (D) – EdW
3. Scott Tipton (R)
4. Cory Gardner (R) – EnC
5. Doug Lamborn (R) – Vet
6. Mike Coffman (R) – Vet
7. Ed Perlmutter (D) – Fin
1. John Larson (D) – WM(HR)
2. Joe Courtney (D) – EdW
3. Rosa DeLauro (D) – App(La)
4. Jim Himes (D) – Fin
5. Elizabeth Esty (D)
At Large. John Carney (D) – Fin
Underline – Indicates the Member is Chair or Ranking Member of the Committee or Subcommittee
App – Appropriations Committee
(La) – Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education
(HUD) – Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development
(VA) - Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veteran Affairs
Fin – Financial Services Committee
(Hous) – Subcommittee on Insurance, Housing and Community Opportunity
Bu – Budget Committee
WM – Ways and Means Committee
(Hth) – Subcommittee on Health
(HR) – Subcommittee on Human Resources
Jud – Judiciary Committee
EnC – Energy and Commerce Committee
EdW – Education and Workforce Committee
Vet – Veterans’ Affairs Committee
1. Jeff Miller (R) – Vet
2. Steve Southerland II (R)
3. Ted Yoho (R)
4. Ander Crenshaw (R) – App
5. Corrine Brown (D) – Vet
6. Ron DeSantis (R) – Jud
7. John Mica (R)
8. Bill Posey (R) – Fin
9. Alan Grayson (R)
10. Daniel Webster (R)
11. Rich Nugent (R)
12. Gus Bilirakis (R) – Vet
13. C.W. Bill Young (R) – App(VA)
14. Kathy Castor (D) – Bu, EnC
15. Dennis Ross (R) – Fin(Hous), Jud
16. Vern Buchanan (R) – WM(Hth)
17. Tom Rooney (R) – App(VA)
18. Patrick Murphy (R) – Fin
20. Alcee Hastings (D)
21. Ted Deutch (D) – Jud
22. Lois Frankel (D)
23. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D) – App
24. Frederica Wilson (D) – EdW
25. Mario Diaz-Balart (R) – App(VA)
26. Joe Garcia (D) – Jud
27. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R)
1. Jack Kingston (R) – App(La)
2. Sanford B. Bishop, Jr. (D) – App(VA)
3. Lynn Westmoreland (R) – Fin(Hous)
4. Hank Johnson (D) – Jud
5. John Lewis (D) – WM(HR)
6. Tom Price (R) – Bu, EdW, WM(Hth, HR)
7. Rob Woodall (R) – Bu
8. Austin Scott (R)
9. Doug Collins (R) – Jud
10. Paul Broun (R)
11. Phil Gingrey (R) - EnC
12. John Barrow (D) – EnC
13. David Scott (D) – Fin
14. Tom Graves (R) – App
1. Colleen Hanabusa (D)
2. Tulsi Gabbard (D)
1. Raúl Labrador (R) – Jud
2. Michael Simpson (R) – App(La)
1. Bobby Rush (D) - EnC
2. Robin Kelly (D)
3. Dan Lipinski (D)
4. Luis Gutierrez (D) – Jud
5. Mike Quigley (D) – App(HUD)
6. Peter Roskam (R) – WM(Hth)
7. Danny K. Davis (D) – WM
8. Tammy Duckworth (D)
9. Jan Schakowsky (D) – EnC
10. Brad Schneider (D)
11. Bill Foster (D) – Fin
12. Bill Enyart (D)
13. Rodney Davis (R)
14. Randy Hultgren (R) – Fin
15. John Shimkus (R) –EnC
16. Adam Kinzinger (R) – EnC
17. Cheri Bustos (D)
18. Aaron Schock (R) – WM(HR)
1. Peter Visclosky (D) – App
2. Jackie Walorski (R) – Bu, Vet
3. Marlin Stutzman (R) – Fin
4. Todd Rokita (R) – Bu, EdW
5. Susan W. Brooks (R) – EdW
6. Luke Messer (R) – Bu, EdW
7. André Carson (D)
8. Larry Bucshon (R) – EdW
9. Todd Young (R) – WM(HR)
1. Bruce Braley (D) – EnC
2. David Loebsack (D) – EdW
3. Tom Latham (R) – App(HUD)
4. Steve King (R) – Jud
1. Tim Huelskamp (R) – Vet
2. Lynn Jenkins (R) – WM
3. Kevin Yoder (R) – App(VA)
4. Mike Pompeo (R) – EnC
1. Ed Whitfield (R) – EnC
2. Brett Guthrie (R) – EdW, EnC
3. John Yarmuth (D) – Bu, EdW
4. Thomas Massie (R)
5. Harold Rogers (R) – App
6. Andy Barr (R) – Fin
1. Steve Scalise (R) – EnC
2. Cedric Richmond (D) – Jud
3. Charles Boustany, Jr. (R) – WM
4. John Fleming (R)
5. Rodney Alexander (R) – App(La)
6. Bill Cassidy (R) – EnC
1. Chellie Pingree (D) – App
2. Michael Michaud (D) – Vet
1. Andy Harris (R) – App(La)
2. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D)
3. John Sarbanes (D) – EnC
4. Donna F. Edwards (D)
5. Steny Hoyer (D)
6. John Delaney (D) – Fin
7. Elijah Cummings (D)
8. Chris Van Hollen (D) – Bu
1. Richard Neal (D) – WM(HR)
2. Jim McGovern (D)
3. Niki Tsongas (D)
4. Joseph P. Kennedy III (D)
5. Ed Markey (D) – EnC
6. John Tierney (D) – EdW
8. Mike Capuano (D) – Fin(Hous)
9. Stephen Lynch (D) – Fin
10. William Keating (D)
1. Dan Benishek (R) – Vet
2. Bill Huizenga (R) – Fin
3. Justin Amash (R)
4. Dave Camp (R) – WM
5. Dale E. Kildee (D) – Fin
6. Fred Upton (R) – EnC
7. Tim Walberg (R) – EdW
8. Mike J. Rogers (R) – EnC
9. Sander M. Levin (D) – WM
10. Candice Miller (R)
11. Kerry Bentivolio (R)
12. John D. Dingell (R) – EnC
13. John Conyers, Jr. (D) – Jud
15. Gary Peters (D) – Fin
1. Tim Walz (D) – Vet
2. John Kline (R) – EdW
3. Erik Paulsen (R) – WM(HR)
4. Betty McCollum (D) – App(VA)
5. Keith Ellison (D) – Fin
6. Michele Bachmann (R) – Fin
7. Collin Peterson (D)
8. Rick Nolan (D)
1. Alan Nunnelee (R) – App(VA), Bu
2. Bennie Thompson (D)
3. Gregg Harper (R) – EnC
4. Steven Palazzo (R)
1. William Lacy Clay (D) – Fin(Hous)
2. Ann Wagner (R) – Fin
3. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R) – Fin(Hous)
4. Vicky Hartzler (R) – Bu
5. Emanuel Cleaver II (D) – Fin(Hous)
6. Sam Graves (R)
7. Billy Long (R) – EnC
8. Jason Smith (R)
At Large. Steve Daines (R)
1. Jeff Fortenberry (R) – App(VA)
2. Lee Terry (R) – EnC
3. Adrian Smith (R) – WM(Hth)
1. Dina Titus (D) – Vet
2. Mark Amodei (D) – Jud, Vet
3. Joe Heck (D) – EdW
4. Steven Horsford (D)
1. Carol Shea-Porter (D)
2. Ann McLane Kuster (D) – Vet
2. Frank LoBiondo (R)
3. Jon Runyan (R) – Vet
4. Chris Smith (R)
5. Scott Garrett (R) – Fin(Hous), Bu
6. Frank Pallone, Jr. (D) – EnC
7. Leonard Lance (R) – EnC
8. Albio Sires (D)
9. Bill Pascrell Jr. (D) – WM(Hth), Bu
10. Donald M. Payne, Jr. (D)
11. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R) – App
12. Rush D. Holt Jr. (D) – EdW
1. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) – Bu
2. Steve Pearce (R) – Fin
3. Ben Ray Luján (D) – EnC
1. Tim Bishop (D) – EdW
2. Peter T. King (R) – Fin
3. Steve Israel (D)
4. Carolyn McCarthy (D) – Fin, EdW
5. Gregory W. Meeks (D) – Fin
6. Grace Meng (D)
7. Nydia Velázquez (D) – Fin(Hous)
8. Hakeem Jeffries (D) – Bu, Jud
9. Yvette D. Clarke (D)
10. Jerrold Nadler (D) – Jud
11. Michael Grimm (R) – Fin
12. Carolyn B. Maloney (D) – Fin(Hous)
13. Charles B. Rangel (D) – WM
14. Joseph Crowley (D) – WM
15. José Serrano (D) – App
16. Eliot L. Engel (D) – EnC
17. Nita Lowey (D) – App(La)
18. Sean Patrick Maloney (D)
19. Chris Gibson (R)
20. Paul Tonko (D) – EnC
21. Bill Owens (D) – App
22. Richard Hanna (R)
23. Tom Reed (R) – WM(HR)
24. Dan Maffei (D
25. Louise McIntosh Slaughter (D)
26. Brian Higgins (D)
27. Chris Collins (R)
1. G. K. Butterfield (D) – EnC
2. Renee Ellmers (R) – EnC
3. Walter B. Jones (R)
4. David Price (D) – App(VA)
5. Virginia Foxx (R) – EdW
6. Howard Coble (R) – Jud
7. Mike McIntyre (D)
8. Richard Hudson (R) – EdW
9. Robert Pittenger (R) – Fin
10. Patrick McHenry (R) – Fin(Hous)
11. Mark Meadows (R)
13. George Holding (R) – Jud
At Large. Kevin Cramer (R)
1. Steve Chabot (R) – Jud
2. Brad Wenstrup (R) – Vet
3. Joyce Beatty (D) – Fin(Hous)
4. Jim Jordan (R) – Jud
5. Robert Latta (R) – EnC
6. Bill Johnson (R) – EnC
7. Bob Gibbs (R)
8. John A. Boehner (R)
9. Marcy Kaptur (D) – App(HUD)
10. Michael R. Turner (R)
11. Marcia Fudge (D) – EdW
12. Pat Tiberi (R) – WM(HR)
13. Tim Ryan (D) – App(HUD), Bu
14. David Joyce (R) – App(HUD)
15. Steve Stivers (R) – Fin(Hous)
16. James Renacci (R) – WM
1. Jim Bridestine (R)
2. Markwayne Mullin (R)
3. Frank Lucas (R) – Fin
4. Tom Cole (R) – App(HUD), Bu
5. James Lankford (R) – Bu
1. Suzanne Bonamici (R) – EdW
2. Greg Walden (R) – EnC
3. Earl Blumenauer (D) – Bu, WM(Hth)
4. Peter DeFazio (D)
5. Kurt Schrader (D) – Bu
1. Robert Brady (D)
2. Chaka Fattah (D) – App(VA)
3. Mike Kelly (R) – WM
4. Scott Perry (R)
5. Glenn “GT” Thompson (R) – EdW
6. Jim Gerlach (R) – WM(HR)
7. Patrick Meehan (R)
8. Michael Fitzpatrick (R) -Fin
9. Bill Shuster (R)
10. Tom Marino (R) – Jud
11. Lou Barletta (R) – EdW
12. Keith Rothfus – Jud
13. Allyson Schwartz (D) – Bu, WM(HR)
14. Michael F. Doyle (D) – EnC
15. Charles Dent (R) – App(HUD)
16. Joseph R. Pitts (R) – EnC
17. Matt Cartwright (D)
18. Tim Murphy (R) – EnC
1. David Cicilline (D) – Bu
2. Jim Langevin (D)
1. Marshall “Mark” Sanford (R)
2. Joe Wilson (R) – EdW
3. Jeff Duncan (R)
4. Trey Gowdy (R) – EdW, Jud
5. Mick Mulvaney (R) – Fin
6. James Clyburn (D)
7. Tom Rice (R) – Bu
At Large. Kristi Noem (R)
1. Phil Roe (R) – EdW, Vet
2. John J. Duncan, Jr. (R)
3. Chuck Fleischmann (R) – App(La)
4. Scott DesJarlais (R) – EdW
5. Jim Cooper (D)
6. Diane Black (R) – Bu, WM(HR)
7. Marsha Blackburn (R) – Bu, EnC
8. Stephen Fincher (R) – Fin
9. Steve Cohen (D) – Jud
1. Louie Gohmert (R) – Jud
2. Ted Poe (R) – Jud
3. Sam Johnson (R) – WM(Hth)
4. Ralph Hall (R) – EnC
5. Jeb Hensarling (R) – Fin(Hous)
6. Joe Barton (R) – EnC
7. John Culberson (R) – App(VA)
8. Kevin Brady (R) – WM(Hth)
9. Al Green (D) – Fin
10. Michael McCaul (R)
11. K. Michael Conaway (R)
12. Kay Granger (R) – App(HUD)
13. Mac Thornberry (R)
14. Randy Weber (R)
15. Rubén Hinojosa (D) – Fin, EdW
16. Beto O’Rourke (D) – Vet
17. Bill Flores (R) – Vet, Bu
18. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D) – Jud
19. Randy Neugebauer (R) – Fin
20. Joaquin Castro (D)
21. Lamar S. Smith (R) – Jud
22. Pete Olson (R) – EnC
23. Pete Gallego (D)
24. Kenny Marchant (R) – EdW, WM(HR)
25. Roger Williams (R) – Bu
26. Michael C. Burgess (R) – EnC
27. Blake Farenthold (R) – Jud
28. Henry Cuellar (D) – App
29. Gene Green (D) – EnC
30. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D)
31. John Carter (R) – App(VA)
32. Pete Sessions (R)
33. Marc Veasey (D)
34. Filemon Vela (D)
35. Lloyd Doggett (D) – WM
36. Steve Stockman (R)
1. Rob Bishop (R)
2. Chris Stewart (R) - App
3. Jason Chaffetz (R) – Jud
4. Jim Matheson (D) – EnC
At Large. Peter Welch (D) – EnC
1. Robert Wittman (R)
2. Scott Rigell (D) – Bu
3. Robert Scott (D) – Jud, EdW
4. J. Randy Forbes (R) – Jud
5. Robert Hurt (R) – Fin(Hous)
6. Bob Goodlatte (R) – Jud
7. Eric Cantor (R)
8. James Moran (D) – App(VA)
9. Morgan Griffith (R) – EnC
10. Frank Wolf (R) – App(HUD)
11. Gerry E. Connolly (D)
1. Suzan DelBene (D) – Jud
2. Rick Larsen (D)
3. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R) – App(HUD)
4. Richard "Doc" Hastings (R)
5. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R) – EnC
6. Derek Kilmer (D)
7. Jim McDermott (D) – Bu, WM(Hth)
8. Dave Reichert (R) – WM(Hth)
9. Adam Smith (D)
10. Denny Heck (D) – Fin
1. David McKinley (R) – EnC
2. Shelley Moore Capito (R) – Fin(Hous)
3. Nick J. Rahall II (D)
1. Paul Ryan (R) – Bu; WM(Hth)
2. Mark Pocan (D) – Bu, EdW
3. Ron Kind (D) – WM(Hth)
4. Gwen Moore (D) – Fin, Bu
5. Jim Sensenbrenner (R) – Jud
6. Tom Petri (R) – EdW
7. Sean Duffy (R) – Fin(Hous), Bu
8. Reid Ribble (R) – Bu
At Large. Cynthia Lummis (R)
Armed with the information found in this Policy Guide, you are now ready to participate in
Capitol Hill Day 2014
A crucial component to the work to end homelessness involves educating Members of Congress on your local progress and the federal resources that play a key part in those successes. Do not miss the opportunity to meet your legislators while in Washington, DC - participate in this year’s Capitol Hill Day! The Alliance has plenty of materials available to help you, as well as staff available to answer any questions you might have.
Each state has one or more State Captain(s) organizing congressional meetings on behalf of their fellow conference registrants from that state. Visit the Advocacy Information Table to connect with your State Captain and find out where and when your state will participate in a “Hill Day Prep Session.”
The Alliance has identified five 2014 Capitol Hill Day Policy Priorities (found in your Capitol Hill Day packet, which can be picked up at the Advocacy Information Table) and encourages you to join the effort to advance these issues in Congress. State Captains and Alliance staff are available to help you choose which issues to discuss in your meetings and you can use your State Prep Sessions to determine other priorities you’re your meetings as well. Further information on all of the priorities can be found in this guide.
If there is not yet a meeting scheduled with your Member of Congress, you can still schedule one yourself! Call the congressional switchboard at 202- 224-3121 and ask to be connected to your Member’s office. If the representative or senator and/or his/her staff members are not available, you can still drop off a Capitol Hill Day Packet at the congressional office. Staff at the Advocacy Information Table can help you set these meetings up and provide further information.
Share information on how your meetings went on Thursday afternoon during the Report Back Session in the Grand Registration Foyer at the Renaissance. If you cannot attend, make sure to turn in your Report Back Form (in the Capitol Hill Day packet) in person at the Advocacy Table, to Grant Sims via e-mail at email@example.com, or fax at 202-638-4664.