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Making McKinney-Vento Work for

All Homeless Persons

New paper outlines principles for McKinney-Vento

Program policy and reauthorization. Sign on today!

Over the past few years, HUD's design of the

annual Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) has increasingly undermined local

control and effectively legislated through the rule-making process. Unable

to successfully move the Samaritan Initiative through the 108th Congress,

the Administration, via HUD and the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness

(ICH), has now aggressively moved to impose the emphasis on "ending chronic

homelessness" on localities, rather than allow communities to determine

their own priorities based on actual need. Two current pieces of McKinney-Vento

reauthorization legislation- S. 1801 and H.R. 5041- propose to write much

of this current policy into statute.

Numerous national, state, and local organizations

have joined together to issue the following set of principles that we believe

must form the basis of any reauthorization measure. Included in this coalition

are faith-based and community-based human needs organizations, public school

personnel, state and local child welfare agencies, health care providers,

social justice advocacy coalitions, and concerned individual citizens. Collectively,

our members serve or represent every segment of the homeless population -

including infants and toddlers, school-age children, youth in runaway and

homeless situations, families fleeing domestic violence, persons with disabilities,

and low-income working individuals and families. We ask you to read the following

statement, share it with your community, and considering adding your organization

to the list of endorsers.

To read the new paper, and to see a list of current

organizations signed on.

To sign on, please email Matt Achhammer,

with your organization's information.

Immediate

action needed on HUD McKinney-Vento Funding

The

President’s FY 2007 budget includes a proposal to add

$184 million to HUD’s Homeless Assistance Grant program.

These funds would be earmarked for the “Samaritan

Permanent Housing Bonus,” a currently unauthorized

program that would provide permanent housing and case

management services for the long-term or “chronic”

homeless population – defined as ‘single adults

with disabilities who have been homeless for over a year, or

at least four times over a three year period.’ We

urge Members of Congress to support the proposed funding

increase, while opposing the manner in which it is earmarked.

Please download the entire action alert here and contact your members of Congress,

asking them to support proposed funding increase but to

oppose the language that would earmark these funds for the

Samaritan Housing Bonus. Call the US Capitol Switchboard to

be connected to your Senator or Representative: (202)

224-3121. Or, if submitting a written request it is best to

fax letters to your Members. Fax numbers for House offices

may be found and fax numbers for Senate offices may

be found.

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