President Obama's FY 2016 Budget Proposal Would Reduce Homelessness

February 3, 2015    

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President Obama's FY 2016 Budget Proposal Would Reduce Homelessness

President Obama yesterday day laid out plans in his budget proposal to Congress for fiscal year (FY) 2016 that would significantly reduce homelessness among veterans, families, and chronically homeless people and restore housing vouchers that were lost under sequestration. Included in the Administration's FY 2016 budget are three proposed spending measures that would provide substantial new resources for communities to end homelessness.
  • An increase of $345 million in funding for Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) homeless assistance programs that would ensure communities maintain their current capacity to respond to homelessness, as well fund new projects to move additional homeless people into housing through proven, cost-effective interventions.
  • An expansion of the Housing Choice Voucher program that would provide rental assistance for an additional 67,000 families, including especially vulnerable people who are homeless or at great risk of homelessness: homeless veterans, people fleeing domestic violence, and youth aging out of the foster care system, among others.
  • Sufficient funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs to bring an end to veteran homelessness and enact measures to create a system that would prevent homelessness among veterans from recurring.

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On Thursday, Feb. 5 at 12 p.m. ET, the Alliance will host a webinar on the President's fiscal year (FY) 2016 budget proposal. The Alliance's policy team will provide a brief overview of the federal budget and appropriations process and an analysis of the Obama administration's proposed funding levels for key homelessness and affordable housing programs.
Rapid Re-housing Case Management and Services
On Tuesday, Feb. 10, at 1 p.m. ET, the Alliance will host a webinar on case management and services for rapid re-housing providers. The webinar, "Core Components of Rapid Re-Housing: Case Management and Services," will be the third of a three-part series of webinars on the "Core Components of Rapid Re-Housing." Speakers will examine how providers are delivering case management and services as part of a rapid re-housing intervention.

In this post, we introduce the youth homelessness workshops that we have lined up for attendees at our upcoming 2015 National Conference on Ending Family and Youth Homelessness. There will be a lot to choose from.
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