Congress Releases FY 2014 Funding Bill

National Alliance to End Homelessness - Advocacy Update
January 15, 2014

Congress to Finalize FY 2014 Federal Funding
On Monday, January 13, the House and Senate Appropriations Committees released the final version of fiscal year (FY) 2014 funding legislation. Both chambers are expected to approve the legislation and the President is expected to sign the legislation into law by January 18, when the current stopgap funding measure is set to expire.  

The omnibus (combined) funding legislation funds the government at the topline spending level laid out by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 (signed into law in late December 2013). The FY 2014 funding legislation represents a compromise between the funding bills released by the House and Senate in mid-2013, with many of the funding levels falling somewhere in between those two proposals, and nearly all funding levels falling short of the amounts proposed in the President's FY 2014 Budget Proposal.   

The final bill includes the following funding levels for key homeless assistance and low-income housing programs: 
  • $2.105 billion for HUD's McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants, a $176 million increase over FY 2013; 
    • At least $250 million of this will be used for the Emergency Solutions Grants; 
  • $19.1 billion for Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers, a $1.41 billion increase over FY 2013; 
    • This level also includes $75 million for approximately 10,000 new HUD-VA Supportive Housing (VASH) vouchers;
  •  $114.1 million for Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA) programs within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), a slight increase over FY 2013; 
  • $4.4 billion for the Public Housing Operating Fund within HUD a $346 million increase over FY 2013; 
  • $64.8 million for the Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH) program within HHS, a slight increase from FY 2013;  
  • $38.1 million for the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP) within the Department of Labor, a slight increase from FY 2013; and
  • $1.39 billion for homeless assistance programs within VA, a $38 million increase over FY 2013.   
The FY 2013 funding levels referenced above include the across-the-board sequestration cuts that took place in March 2013.

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$2.105 billion for HUD's McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants, as noted, includes at least $250 million for Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) programs, though HUD could choose to allocate even more.

The Alliance anticipates that this funding level will cover all renewals, though it would not be enough to replace funds lost in the FY 2013 NOFA. Any additional funds remaining from the renewal burden in the Continuum of Care will be allocated to ESG, essentially meaning that no extra funding will be available in the FY 2014 NOFA for CoCs; however, there will be significant additional funds for ESG.

Of note to many advocates is that this omnibus funding bill includes language allowing nonprofits to administer rental assistance with FY 2012 - FY 2014 funds. While this is not a permanent fix, it will solve immediate issues surrounding nonprofits and the administration of rental assistance.

The Alliance will continue to analyze the funding legislation and keep advocates abreast on key provisions and its passage.

What's Next? Following passage of this omnibus funding bill, which will mark the completion of the FY 2014 appropriations process, Congress will take a brief break from the appropriations process. The President is expected to release his FY 2015 Budget Proposal at some point in February, which will launch the FY 2015 appropriations process. Stay tuned to these Advocacy Updates and the Alliance's general advocacy work for more information and frequent updates!

The Alliance works collaboratively with its local, state, and national partners to advance policies and programs that prevent and end homelessness.

Kate Seif 
Policy Outreach Coordinator 


Registration Reminder: ESG CAPER Webinar - January 16, 2014 - 1:30 PM EST

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Registration Reminder: ESG CAPER Webinar - January 16, 2014 - 1:30 PM EST

Registration for the CAPER Webinar for ESG Recipients and Subrecipients closes today at 1:29 PM EST.

For those who are unable to register or attend the live webinar, a recording of the webinar will be published on the OneCPD Course Catalog within one week of the broadcast.

This webinar provides guidance to ESG recipients and subrecipients on how to prepare, complete, and submit the ESG-only portion of the CAPER using the eCon Planning Suite in IDIS.

FY 2013- FY 2014 Continuum of Care Program Competition Resource Updates

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FY 2013 - FY 2014 Continuum of Care Program Competition Resource Updates

HUD has been working diligently to answer questions submitted through OneCPD Ask-A-Question (AAQ) concerning the FY 2013- FY 2014 Continuum of Care Program Competition. As themes emerge in the process of triaging and responding to AAQ inquiries, HUD is developing and posting Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and supplemental materials. See below for an update of materials recently posted.
  • Today, HUD posted the resource, Additional Guidance for Questions 3A, Objectives 1 through 4 to respond to specific questions on Section 3A. CoC Performance and Strategic Planning Objectives. The information posted provides additional detail on the source, date range and filters to apply for each of the data elements required in Section 3A. There is no additional guidance for Objective 5 at this point since we have not received any questions or requests to further clarify the objective.
  • To assist CoCs to provide HUD the final approved Housing Inventory Count (HIC) and Point-in-Time (PIT) count data from HUD’s Homeless Data Exchange (HDX), HUD will post PDFs with this data for each CoC. The data in the spreadsheet reflects what was officially submitted to HUD via the HDX, and is what HUD will use in the assessment process. This data should be available no later than Thursday, January 16, 2013 and will be located on the CoC Program Competition Resources page.
Please continue to check the e-snaps Resources page for additional materials and FAQs.

If you have questions pertaining to e-snaps technical issues or to the NOFA, CoC Application, CoC Priority Listings, or Project Applications, please submit your questions to the e-snaps Ask A Question (AAQ) portal. To submit a question to the e-snaps AAQ portal, select e-snaps from the My question is related to drop down list on Step 2 of the question submission process.

The OneCPD Homelessness Assistance Programs page provides information on assisting people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. It contains program guidance and homelessness resources for Federal Agencies, government agencies, Continuum of Care organizations, homeless service providers, TA providers, persons experiencing homelessness, and other stakeholders.

SOAR Transitions

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January 16, 2014

SOAR Transitions

At a Retirement "Roast" yesterday, we bid farewell to Deb Dennis who is leaving Policy Research Associates, Inc. after more than 25 years. As many of you know, Deb has been the Project Director of the SAMHSA SOAR Technical Assistance Center since its inception in 2009. The SOAR program has grown tremendously under her leadership, and she will be missed! However, she will remain involved and interested in SOAR, both as a consultant to the TA Center and as a SOAR practitioner in the Albany, NY, area. We wish Deb all the best in her retirement!

At the same time, we welcome Kristin Lupfer as our new Project Director! Kristin began as a Senior Project Associate on the SOAR TA Team in 2009 and has been the Associate Director for the past year. Prior to coming to the SOAR TA Center, Kristin served people experiencing homelessness in New York City and Atlanta, and conducted research and data analysis with the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse. Under her leadership, the State of Georgia's SOAR program had a 70 percent approval rate in less than 90 days. At the SOAR TA Center, she has served as a TA liaison to more than ten states and has conducted forums and trainings across the country. Kristin will continue as a TA Liaison to California, Colorado, and Michigan. Welcome to your new role, Kristin!