Federal Budget and Appropriations Process

Annual Federal Budget Briefing
The President’s FY 2015
Budget Proposal
Thursday, March 6
1:30 – 2:30 pm ET
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
• 2014 Budget and Policy Outlook
• Getting Involved in 2014 to Prevent
and End Homelessness
– Alliance Advocacy Initiatives
• Q&A
Federal Budget and Appropriations
• 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
– More of an “ideal situation” Proposal
Federal Budget and Appropriations
• 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
• How much each Subcommittee will have to
Federal Budget and Appropriations
• 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
• 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
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
– Including mental health services, Medicaid
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
$2.405 Billion
Tenant-Based Rental
Assistance - $20 billion
– $75 million for appx 10K new
– $108 million to renew
mainstream vouchers through
Section 811
– $1.705 billion for administrative
fees ($200 million increase over
Other programs
• Public Housing
– Capital Fund (very slight increase)
– Operating Fund ($200 million increase)
• Choice Neighborhoods ($30 million
• CDBG ($2.856 billion – slight decrease)
• HOME ($950 million – slight decrease)
• Elderly Housing (Section 202) ($438
million – $54 million increase)
Veterans Affairs
Veterans Homeless
Proposed FY 2015 Budget:
$1.6 Billion
12.5% increase
($200 Million)
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
• 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
Veterans Affairs
Grant and Per Diem (GPD)
• Slight increase to $252
• Continues to support
transition in place.
Veterans Administration
Advance appropriations for FY
• Commitment to the goal of
ending veteran homelessness
• Funds Rapid Re-housing and
prevention (SSVF) at a scale
necessary to end veteran
Department of Labor VETS
Homeless Veterans Reintegration
• Proposed $38 million (no
• HVRP funding was increased in
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
• Increase for Child Care and Early
– Child Care Development Block Grant
(2% increase) and Head Start (3%
• Domestic Violence Programs
– $135 million for Family Violence
Prevention and Services ($1 million
Programs Serving Vulnerable
• 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
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
Key SAMHSA programs level funded
• PATH – $65 million
• Other services for homeless – $74
• Block Grants
– Mental Health – $484 million
– Substance Abuse – $1.820 billion
HHS Health Care – Medicaid and ACA
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
Federal Budget and Policy Outlook
• Budget Proposal reflects the
value placed on homeless
• Sequestration impacts still
• Take advantage of “normal”
• Working to secure increased
Getting Involved in 2014
• Advocacy Toolkit
• Join an email list:
– Advocacy Update
– Issue-Specific Working Groups
•McKinney and Veterans
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:
Getting Involved in 2014
High-Priority FY 2015 Advocacy Initiatives
1. McKinney-Vento Appropriations
– Meetings, site visits, calls, letters,
and media efforts
– Campaign website:
• Launching Letter Writing Campaign!
– Send 500 letters urging Members to
submit Programmatic Requests by
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:
• Join the Never Another Homeless Veteran
Question and Answers
Please ask your questions now!
Have more questions? Want to get
involved? Please email:
Kate Seif
[email protected] / 202-942-8256
HUD Funding Letter
• Get your organization to sign on
in support of additional HUD
• Sign the “302(b) letter” TODAY!

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