Today, the House Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development (T-HUD) Appropriations Subcommittee released its FY 2011 appropriations bill. The bill includes $2.055 billion for the McKinney programs, the same level requested by the Administration. This represents a 10 percent increase over FY 2010, as well as the largest one-year increase in funding for McKinney programs in 15 years.
We appreciate that House appropriators were able to maintain the President’s number given the incredibly tough budget environment, but we need $2.4 billion to fully implement the HEARTH Act.
In the House
- THIS WEEK, call the housing staffer in the office of House T-HUD members and ask them to thank their bosses for maintaining the Administration’s number and providing McKinney programs the largest-ever one-year increase.
- THIS WEEK, contact the housing staffers for ALL House appropriators, including T-HUD members, and urge them to work throughout the appropriations process to provide additional funding for McKinney programs to allow us to fully implement the HEARTH Act.
In the Senate…
- THIS WEEK and NEXT WEEK, call/email the housing staffer for SENATE T-HUD members and ask them to provide $2.4 billion in FY 2011 for McKinney programs to fully implement the HEARTH Act. You could ask T-HUD members to send a letter like the one attached to Chairman Murray and Ranking Member Bond.
- Report back to Amanda (email@example.com) on any responses you receive from offices.
There has been a great deal of focus on keeping the deficit down, and the House has decided to spend approximately $15 billion less than the Administration proposed. Although the House number is not as high as it needs to be to fully implement the HEARTH Act, it’s important to thank your Representatives for their efforts to include such a large increase in the appropriations bill, given the current budget environment.
Then, we will work to get additional funding for McKinney programs in a final bill.
For more details on the House HUD appropriations bill, click here.