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Advocacy Opportunity: Call-In Week EXtended!
Our call-in week has been extended until THIS Wednesday, November 11. It is crucial that Congress hears from homelessness advocates the importance of fully funding housing and homelessness programs in the final FY 2016 bill!

The Alliance, in partnership with CSH, have provided talking points about the three most important priorities to be included in the final FY 2016 bill to make a difference for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness.

Here’s What You Can Do:

1. Call your members of Congress THIS WEEK by dialing the Congressional switchboard at 877-210-5351.
a. When you reach your Members’ offices, ask to speak to the staff person who handles housing issues.

2. Deliver this message: “Please ask your boss to contact leadership of the full Appropriations Committee and T-HUD subcommittee and communicate that we need to take advantage of the opportunity created by the budget deal to address the homelessness crisis and get back on track to end homelessness. Congress can do this through prioritizing 3 key HUD programs by:

  • Providing $2.480 billion for HUD’s McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants program, including $40 million for homeless youth initiatives.
  • Providing $18.05 billion to renew all Housing Choice Vouchers in use at the end of 2015 and $470 million to restore the remaining 60,000 vouchers lost due to sequestration.
  • Not raiding the National Housing Trust Fund (NHTF) to fund other programs.”
** You can use these talking points and share these one-pagers on the cost savings of ending chronic homelessness and why Congress should fully fund homelessness programs this year.

3) Spread the word about these National Call In Days to your colleagues and community partners!

4) Let us know which offices you called and what the responses were!

The Balanced Budget Act (BBA), a two year budget agreement that raises overall budget caps by $80 billion over the next two fiscal years, was signed into law last Monday, November 2. This presents the biggest opportunity we have to get Congress to do something about homelessness since the HEARTH Act passed six years ago! To learn more read this Advocacy Update.

This is our chance to make progress on ending homelessness, and to finally put the resources on the table to end chronic homelessness! We need to get a strong, unified message out about what Congress needs to do to ensure the message permeates and ending homelessness rises to the top of appropriators’ priority lists.
Access the talking points and the one pagers to share with your Members.