Homeless Veterans Programs Face Deep Cuts

Homeless Veterans Programs Face Deep Cuts

In many communities, homeless veterans get services through vital programs funded by the federal government.

These programs are a lifeline to many veterans and their families.

But this year, some of these programs, known as Continuum of Care (CoC) and Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG), are in trouble. They are facing deep financial cuts, estimated at $100 million, according to National Alliance to End Homelessness.

I encourage all veteran advocates to rally their congressional leaders to seek support for full funding of these programs.

Specifically, we want to see the Administration’s requested funding level of $2.2 billion for HUD’s McKinney-Vento programs.

HUD’s McKinney-Vento programs are the biggest federal initiative targeted at preventing and ending homelessness, National Alliance to End Homelessness reports. With the lingering effects of the recession still being felt across our nation, the resources available through these programs are greatly needed now.

The programs have a long history of strong, bipartisan support, because they repeatedly have proven effective at preventing and ending homelessness for families, veterans, individuals, youth, and children.

I hope the same bipartisan support carries though in this round of funding.

Let’s all take action today to make sure that happens.

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Also, for talking points on this legislative issue, click here. This information is courtesy of National Alliance to End Homelessness.

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HUD’s McKinney-Vento