From: The Honorable Alcee L. Hastings
Sent By:
Lindsey.garber@mail.house.gov

Date: 3/27/2017

These programmatic requests fall under the jurisdictions of multiple subcommittees and require multiple electronic submissions

Sign-on Deadlines:
MILCON/VA: CLOSING TODAY COB
C/J/S: Thursday, March 30, COB
T/HUD: Thursday, March 30, COB
HS: Thursday, March 30, COB
L/HHS/EDU: Monday, April 3, COB

Dear Colleague,

Please join us in requesting full funding for the programs that comprise
Opening Doors: Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness. Since Opening Doors was launched in 2010, homelessness among certain populations of Americans has been significantly reduced.  For instance, homelessness among families has fallen
by 19 percent, and chronic homelessness has fallen 22 percent. Furthermore, veteran homelessness has been reduced by 47 percent between 2010 and 2016, including a 17 percent reduction during 2015 alone. By fully funding the below programs, we can continue
making progress in ending homelessness in America.

Therefore, please join us in requesting that the following homeless assistance programs be funded at the levels requested in the Fiscal Year 2017 budget request:

 

Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies

 

1.    The Supportive Services for Veteran Families
Supportive Services for veteran families provide funding to very low-income Veteran families in or transitioning to permanent housing.
Requested FY 2017 Level: $300 million

2.    The Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem
This program provides services to Veterans experiencing homelessness. The purpose is to promote the development and provision of transitional housing and services with the goal of helping homeless Veterans achieve residential stability, increase their skill
levels and/or income, and obtain greater self-determination.
Requested FY 2017 Level: $248 million

3.    The Domiciliary Care for Homeless Veterans Program
This Program provides 24-hour-per-day, seven-day-per-week structured and supportive residential rehabilitation and treatment services for economically disadvantaged Veterans and Veterans experiencing homelessness.
Requested FY 2017 Level: $180 million

4.    The Healthcare for Homeless Veterans Program
This program performs outreach to identify Veterans experiencing homelessness who are eligible for VA services and assist these Veterans in accessing appropriate health care and benefits, and to connect Veterans with needed services that will end their homelessness.
Requested FY 2017 Level: $161 million

5.    Justice Outreach, Homelessness Prevention: Healthcare for Reentry Veterans (HCRV, prison outreach) and Veteran’s Justice Outreach (VJO, law enforcement, jail and court outreach)
Veterans Justice Outreach is designed to help justice-involved Veterans avoid the unnecessary criminalization of mental illness and extended incarceration by ensuring that eligible Veterans have timely access to Veterans Health Administration mental health
and substance abuse services when clinically indicated, and other VA services and benefits as appropriate.
Requested FY 2017 Level: $40 million

6.    The Compensated Work Therapy Program
This program provides vocational opportunities to veterans to facilitate their reintegration into the broader civilian community. The program includes the Transitional Work Program, a pre-employment vocational assessment program to assist in the process of
finding meaning employment for homeless and other veterans, as well as the Transitional Residence Program which offers a rehabilitation-focused residential setting for veterans involved in compensated work therapy.
Requested FY 2017 Level: $57 million

7.    The HUD-VA Supportive Housing Program
This program combines a rental assistance Housing Choice Voucher program with case management and clinical services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs. The vouchers provide significant support to homeless veterans and are awarded on the basis of
geographic need and public housing assistance performance.
Requested FY 2017 Level: $374 million

 

Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies

 

1.    The Transitional Housing Assistance Grants for the Victims of Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, or Stalking
This program focuses on a holistic, survivor-centered approach to providing transitional housing services that move individuals into permanent housing. These grants support programs that provide assistance to survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence,
dating violence, and/or stalking who are in need of transitional housing, short-term housing assistance, and related support services.
Requested FY 2017 Level: $30 million

2.    The Pay for Success Permanent Supportive Housing Demonstration
This program is a financing model that leverages philanthropic and private dollars providing upfront assistance to the homeless, with the government paying after they generate results.
Requested FY 2017 Level: $10 million

 

Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies

 

1.    The United States Interagency Council on Homelessness
The United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) coordinates the federal response to homelessness. Without reauthorization, this valuable agency will be terminated at the end of the current fiscal year, severely impacting our efforts to end homelessness
nationally.
Requested FY 2017 Level: $3.6 million

2.    The Continuum of Care Program (CCP) and the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG)
These are two critical programs are designed to prevent and end homelessness under HUD. CCP is HUD’s largest and broadest targeted program to serve individuals and families experiencing homelessness, funding evidence-based programs and approaches like permanent
supportive housing, rapid re-housing, and Housing First. ESG includes funds for a variety of life-saving activities in addition to newer interventions like rapid re-housing and homelessness prevention that have proven to be successful in many communities at
preventing and ending homelessness.
Requested FY 2017 Level: $2.664 billion

3.    The Vouchers Targeted to Homeless Families with Children
In fiscal year 2018, HUD requests rental voucher assistance for approximately 10,000 families with children experiencing homelessness. A higher than average per unit cost (PUC) is assumed for these vouchers due to the average homeless family size (3-person
household). These vouchers are to be awarded competitively to PHAs based on geographic areas of demonstrated need. PHAs receiving vouchers for families with children experiencing homelessness would be required to partner with the local Continuum of Care to
identify program participants through a coordinated assessment process. Supportive services would be provided through community partners and mainstream service agencies.
Requested FY 2017 Level: $88 million

 

Homeland Security

 

1.    The Emergency Food and Shelter Program
This program supplements and expands efforts to rapidly provide shelter, food and supportive services for hungry and homeless persons across the nation in areas with the most need.
Requested FY 2017 Level: $100 million

 

 

Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies

 

1.    The Education for Homeless Children and Youth
This program focuses on providing children and youth experiencing homelessness with equal access to the same free, appropriate public education available to other children.
Requested FY 2017 Level: $85 million

 

2.    The Health Care for the Homeless
This program provides primary health care, substance abuse treatment, emergency care with referrals to hospitals for in-patient care services, and outreach services to help difficult-to-reach homeless persons establish eligibility for entitlement programs and
housing.
Requested FY 2017 Level: $440 million

 

3.    The Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH)
This program provides financial assistance to states to support services for homeless individuals who have serious mental illness or serious mental illness and substance abuse. Eligible programs and activities include outreach services; screening and diagnostic
treatment services; habilitation and rehabilitation services; community mental health services; alcohol or drug treatment services; staff training; case management services; supportive and supervisory services in residential settings; referrals for primary
health services, job training, educational services, and relevant housing services; and a prescribed set of housing services.
Requested FY 2017 Level: $65 million

4.    The Grants for the Benefit of Homeless Individuals
This program enables communities to expand and strengthen their treatment services for people experiencing homelessness. Grants are awarded for up to five years to community-based public or nonprofit entities and funded programs and services include substance
abuse treatment, mental health services, wrap-around services, immediate entry into treatment, outreach services, screening and diagnostic services, staff training, case management, primary health services, job training, educational services, and relevant
housing services.
Requested FY 2017 Level: $33 million

5.    The Services in Supportive Housing
This program helps prevent and reduce chronic homelessness by funding services for individuals and families experiencing homelessness living with a severe mental and/or substance use disorder. Grants are awarded competitively for up to five years to community-based
public or nonprofit entities. Services supported under the SSH funding include, but are not limited to, outreach and engagement, intensive case management, mental health and substance abuse treatment, and assistance in obtaining benefits.
Requested FY 2017 Level: $36 million

6.    The Runaway and Homeless Youth Act
This program helps fund more than 740 public, community, and faith-based organizations through three grant programs: the Basic Center Program, the Transitional Living Program, and the street Outreach Program. The Basic Center Program establishes or strengthens
locally-controlled, community, and faith-based programs that address the immediate needs of runaway and homeless youth and their families, and the Transitional Living Program for Older Homeless Youth provides stable, safe living accommodations, basic life-skills,
career counseling, educational training, and physical and mental health support services to youths, ages 16 through 21, who are homeless, for a continuous period. The Street Outreach Program provides educational and preventive services to runaway, homeless
and street youth who have been subject to, or are at risk of, sexual exploitation or abuse.
Requested FY 2017 Level: $126 million

7.    The Head Start Program
This program promotes the school readiness of pre-school children from low-income families. Head Start provides education and development programs adapted to the children and communities they serve. The program uses targeted strategies to give homeless children
access to their services and respond to the families’ needs.
Requested FY 2017 Level: $371 million

8.    The Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program
This program provides services to assist in reintegrating homeless veterans into meaningful employment within the labor force and to stimulate the development of effective service delivery systems that will address the complex problems facing homeless veterans.
The program is “employment focused” and veterans receive the employment and training services they need in order to re-enter the labor force. Job placement, training, job development, career counseling, resume preparation, are among the services that are provided.
Supportive services such as clothing, provision of or referral to temporary, transitional, and permanent housing, referral to medical and substance abuse treatment, and transportation assistance are also provided to meet the needs of this target group.
Requested FY 2017 Level: $50 million

Allowing men, women, and children to live on the streets is not a standard America should be willing to accept. Thank you for your consideration of this important request.  If your boss would like to sign one or all of these letters
or if you have questions, please contact Lindsey Garber at Lindsey.Garber@mail.house.gov or at 202-225-1313 by the dates shown at the top of this message.

 

Sincerely,

Alcee L. Hastings                                                       Eddie Bernice Johnson
Member of Congress                                                   Member of Congress