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16th March
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Okay, so this is a little late in coming – the NHC Budget Conference was on Friday, March 12 – but I’m hoping you’ll find this informative nonetheless.

The NHC Budget Forum was, per usual, an extraordinarily well-run event. This year, NHC hosted Raphael Bostic of the Department of Housing and Urban Development as the keynote speaker.

Panelists, covering the different parts of the HUD budget, included Jonathan Horowitz of HUD, Sheila Crowley of the National Low Income Housing Coalition, Sarah Wartell of the Center for American Progress, and our own Nan Roman. Her testimony (about 10 minutes) on the proposed McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance programs and other federal homelessness investments right here.

Opening and closing remarks were offered by the new incoming executive director of the NHC, Maureen Friar. Outgoing executive director and innovative leader in the housing and homelessness fields Conrad Egan was recognized by all the panelists, speakers and several invitees at the forum.

Check out the great blogpost (with pictures and video!) about the forum on the NHC Conference blog, Open House. You can also see great pictures on their Flickr account.

If you’re feeling REALLY die-hard, you can check out the Raphael Bostic’s entire PowerPoint presentation on President Obama’s proposed FY2011 HUD budget here (courtesy of NHC.

16th March
written by naehblog

Do your part to ensure homeless assistance programs have adequate funding! Take the next step in our McKinney-Vento Appropriations campaign by calling your Congressional Representative right now.

Tomorrow is the last day YOUR federal Representative can sign the McKinney-Vento Appropriations Congressional Sign-On Letter. The letter – already being circulated in Congress – requests that McKinney-Vento programs receive $2.4 billion for the 2011 fiscal year.

As you already know, McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance programs are the cornerstone of the federal investment in preventing and ending homelessness – funding federal efforts, state plans, and providing financial assistance to your own, local programs. We need the estimated $2.4 billion to keep those local programs working and make the changes outlined in the HEARTH Act.

So here’s what you do:

1) Call the Congressional Switchboard at (202)224-3121.

2) Ask for your Representative.

If you don’t know who that is, you can find out here.35 Representatives are already signatories, and you can find out if yours is one by clicking here. (If your Congressperson has already signed on, call to say thanks!)

3) Ask for the staffer who works on housing issues.

4) Here’s what you can say:

I am calling to ask if your boss will support a funding level of $2.4 billion for HUD’s McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants program in FY 2011. Specifically, I would like Representative (______) to sign a Congressional sign-on letter regarding this funding request, which is being circulated by Representatives Moore (D-WI) and Davis (R-KY).

HUD’s McKinney program is the primary federal funding source for local efforts to reduce homelessness and help people move back into permanent housing. Nationally, they helped reduce homelessness by 11 percent between 2005 and 2008, before the recession.

It is critical that Congress provides a funding level of $2.4 billion for the program in order to fully implement the HEARTH Act, as well as provide our community with sufficient resources to continue making progress toward ending homelessness.

The deadline for the sign-on letter is tomorrow, March 17. Can I count on you to get Representative (_______) to sign on today?

5) Thank them for their support and/or ask if you can follow up with them tomorrow.

For more information about our ongoing campaign, visit the McKinney Appropriations Campaign website.

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