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President’s FY 2016 Proposed Budget Jeopardizes Services for Homeless and At-Risk Veterans

Feb. 4, 2015

On Monday, Feb. 3, 2015, the President’s Fiscal Year 2016 Budget was announced. This document lays out the Administration’s proposed funding levels for all programs of the federal government, including those that serve homeless and at-risk veterans.

NCHV would like to bring to your attention several changes in the President’s budget this year that could impact your programs, should these changes go into effect. While some new programs are suggested for serving veterans experiencing homelessness, several effective, community-led programs show significant cuts or stymied growth.

New proposals: The President’s budget proposed funding an influx of 67,000 general Housing Choice Vouchers (HCV). These new HCV would focus on several target populations, including homeless veterans – regardless of discharge status.

Within this HCV proposal, the President proposed development of a new Special Purpose Voucher (SPV) program through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that would include family, veteran, and tribal family targeting. These new vouchers could number 22,500 from $177.5 million in appropriations.

These vouchers are not specific to veterans experiencing chronic homelessness, nor are they paired with the comprehensive case management required by HUD-VASH vouchers.

Cuts to or flatlining of existing programs: The Budget proposes significant disinvestments in homeless programs administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Housing and Urban Development. The budget proposes that for Fiscal Year 2016:

  • The Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program be funded at $300 million, a flat funding from the previous year and $75 million less than had previously been appropriated in advance for this year,
  • The HUD-VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program receive no additional funding for new vouchers or VA case management this year, and
  • The Grant and Per Diem (GPD) program be funded at $201 million, a decrease of $49 million from the previous year.
  • The Homeless Veteran Reintegration Program (HVRP), administered through the Department of Labor, receive a flat funding allocation of $38.109 million
  • These disinvestments would significantly impact the ability of communities to serve homeless veterans in need. NCHV is actively working to ensure that you have all of the resources that you need to do your job and end veteran homelessness in this country.

Please keep your eye on your email inbox in the coming days and weeks as we will be reaching out to you in order to follow up on these budgetary developments. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to reach out to us via email or phone with your concerns, comments, or questions.

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