This week, it’s all about the budget. The president’s recommendations for fiscal year 2011 came out on Monday, and bloggers and organizations have spent this week responding.
On the HUD blog, Secretary Shaun Donovan summarizes what’s in the president’s proposed budget for housing. We’re particularly excited about a new initiative that will provide 10,000 vouchers for supportive housing and encourage collaboration between departments. (Stay tuned for more on this program.) Plus, Secretary Donovan is talking about using “housing as a platform for improving quality of life”! That sounds like progress.
Elsewhere in the blogosphere, the 13th juror points out that the budget includes some painful cuts in housing for the disabled and the elderly and Open House stresses the innovative affordable housing programs that are included.
The National Low Income Housing Coalition’s response to the proposed budget highlighted the $1 billion for the National Housing Trust Fund, but there’s more to it says President Sheila Crowley: “We are grateful that the HUD budget was spared the cuts to domestic discretionary programs that are included in the overall budget. Nonetheless, essentially flat funding for HUD this year is insufficient given the high demand for housing assistance as a result of the recession.”
Around here, we’re also talking about how we can impact the budget process. Check out yesterday’s post about how you can get involved in our McKinney-Vento Appropriations campaign, which will increase federal funding for homelessness services. And then do it!
Life goes on outside the Beltway, though. Alliance President Nan spoke to Governing magazine this week for an in-depth piece on homelessness prevention and rapid re-housing: “A systems change is happening.”
A case manager talks about how her relationship with a client has grown while he waits for subsidized housing on the Beyond Bread blog and the Cleveland Homeless blog rants about budget cuts on federal, state and county levels.
Here in DC, we’re bracing for a BIG snowstorm and hoping everyone is safe and warm tonight.