Presentation on theme: "Annual Federal Budget Briefing The President’s FY 2015 Budget Proposal Thursday, March 6 1:30 – 2:30 pm ET Webinar materials:"— Presentation transcript:
Annual Federal Budget Briefing The President’s FY 2015 Budget Proposal Thursday, March 6 1:30 – 2:30 pm ET Webinar materials: http://www.endhomelessness.org/library/entry/presidents-fy- 2015-budget-briefing Speakers: Steve Berg Julie Klein Ian Lisman Sharon McDonald Kate Seif Lisa Stand
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Today’s Agenda Introduction Overview: Federal Budget and Appropriations Process Rundown of President’s FY 2015 Budget –HUD, VA, HHS 2014 Budget and Policy Outlook Getting Involved in 2014 to Prevent and End Homelessness –Alliance Advocacy Initiatives Q&A
Federal Budget and Appropriations Process Back to regular order? –President’s Budget a few weeks late, but still more or less the beginning of the process President’s Budget serves as “benchmark” for congressional Democrats, particularly around the election. –More of an “ideal situation” Proposal Will hold particular sway in Senate
Federal Budget and Appropriations Process Topline spending level for federal budget already decided in December (Bipartisan Budget Act) –Provides only $2 billion in additional funding (over FY 2014) for non-defense discretionary programs –Appropriations Committees will still decide topline number for each Subcommittee How much each Subcommittee will have to spend Appropriations Committees move forward
Federal Budget and Appropriations Process Subcommittees fund programs at specific levels by drafting and passing bills Final bills must be approved by Congress and the President This process expected to proceed normally this year! –Though elections could hinder progress –Will depend a lot on House Leadership
Federal Budget and Appropriations Process President’s Budget is NOT law Congress ultimately decides funding levels Congress relies on YOU to make good decisions Need to understand impact of funding on programs and people in their district
President’s Budget Overview HUD budget includes $1.25 billion increase over FY 2014 –Focused on keeping people in housing – big vote of confidence for HUD VA continues commitment to ending veteran homelessness –Significant resources proposed for homeless veteran programs HHS budget focuses on most vulnerable people –Including mental health services, Medicaid expansion, and disconnected youth
HUD McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants –At least $215 million for ESG Slightly less than FY 2014 level of $250 million, but HUD could choose to allocate more, depending on recaptures, etc. –Funds all renewals from FY 2014 –Additional funds focused on PSH to meet goal of ending chronic homelessness by 2016 $2.405 Billion 14 percent increase!
HUD Tenant-Based Rental Assistance - $20 billion –$75 million for appx 10K new VASH –$108 million to renew mainstream vouchers through Section 811 –$1.705 billion for administrative fees ($200 million increase over FY 2014 level) –Possibly restores sequestration cuts
HUD Other programs Public Housing –Capital Fund (very slight increase) –Operating Fund ($200 million increase) Choice Neighborhoods ($30 million increase) CDBG ($2.856 billion – slight decrease) HOME ($950 million – slight decrease) Elderly Housing (Section 202) ($438 million – $54 million increase)
Veterans Affairs The budget continues to support the goal of ending homelessness among veterans by the end of 2015. * Projected outcomes based on VA plan.
Veterans Affairs Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) ~ Proposed $500 million – a 67% increase over FY 2014 level of $300 million.
SSVF “Surge” Funding $300 million to 76 communities that have the highest need. NOFA Closes March 14 at 4pm ET Must be endorsed by CoC Go to the Alliance website for more information. This is one time funding spread over three years from –FY 2014
Veterans Affairs & HUD HUD-VASH Housing Vouchers 10,000 additional HUD-VASH vouchers proposed. VA budget: case management $321 million HUD budget: additional $75 million for housing choice vouchers
Veterans Affairs Grant and Per Diem (GPD) Slight increase to $252 million Continues to support transition in place.
Veterans Administration Advance appropriations for FY 2016 Commitment to the goal of ending veteran homelessness Funds Rapid Re-housing and prevention (SSVF) at a scale necessary to end veteran homelessness.
Department of Labor VETS Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP) Proposed $38 million (no increase) HVRP funding was increased in last years budget
Homeless Children & Youth Level-funding for the Runaway and Homeless Youth Programs –$53 million for Basic Center –$44 million for Transitional Living –$17 million for Street Outreach $2 million request for incidence and prevalence study of homelessness among unaccompanied youth. $65 million for Education of Homeless Children and Youth (level funding).
Programs Serving Families and Children Increase for Child Care and Early Education –Child Care Development Block Grant (2% increase) and Head Start (3% increase) Domestic Violence Programs –$135 million for Family Violence Prevention and Services ($1 million increase). –$25 million for VAWA Transitional Housing Program (level funding).
Programs Serving Vulnerable Families LIHEAP – budget proposes funding at $2.8 billion (18% less than FY 2014) Community Services Block Grant budget proposes $350 million for FY 2015 (48% less than FY 2014). Promoting Safe and Stable Families – level funded at $60 million in discretionary funding.
HHS Health Care – Key Discretionary Programs Key discretionary health care programs increased Community Health Centers - $4.6 billion (discretionary and mandatory ACA) –Means $400 million for HCH projects Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program -- $2.323 billion (slightly more than $2.319 billion this year)
HHS Health Care – Key Discretionary Programs Key SAMHSA programs level funded PATH – $65 million Other services for homeless – $74 million Block Grants –Mental Health – $484 million –Substance Abuse – $1.820 billion
HHS Health Care – Medicaid and ACA Gaps Medicaid expansion took effect January 1, 2014 25 states and District of Columbia opted in 4+ million vulnerable people left uninsured in remaining states ACA mandatory CHC funding expires after FY15 Budget shows Administration supporting extension with $8.1B over 3 more years
Federal Budget and Policy Outlook Budget Proposal reflects the value placed on homeless assistance Sequestration impacts still lingering Take advantage of “normal” process Working to secure increased funding particularly important
Getting Involved in 2014 Advocacy Toolkit Join an email list: –Advocacy Update –Issue-Specific Working Groups McKinney and Veterans http://www.endhomelessness.org/pages/a dvocacy
Getting Involved in 2014 Top priorities: –Provide $2.405 billion for HUD’s McKinney-Vento programs –Provide $1.6 billion for VA’s Zero Homelessness Initiative –Expand HUD funding Full List available at: http://www.endhomelessness.org/pages/poli cy_priorities
Getting Involved in 2014 High-Priority FY 2015 Advocacy Initiatives 1.McKinney-Vento Appropriations Campaign –Meetings, site visits, calls, letters, and media efforts –Campaign website: http://www.endhomelessness.org/page s/fy-2015-mckinney-campaign http://www.endhomelessness.org/page s/fy-2015-mckinney-campaign Launching Letter Writing Campaign! –Send 500 letters urging Members to submit Programmatic Requests by March 31
Getting Involved in 2014 2. VA’s Zero Homelessness Initiative –VA’s Goal: End Veteran Homelessness by the end of 2015 –Educate Congress on the importance and achievability of this goal –Campaign website: http://www.endhomelessness.org/pages/fy- 2015-veterans-campaign http://www.endhomelessness.org/pages/fy- 2015-veterans-campaign Join the Never Another Homeless Veteran Campaign! www.neveranotherhomelessveteran.org www.neveranotherhomelessveteran.org
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