ISSUE #5: Adult and Chronic Homelessness

Congress moves toward an appropriations bill that includes increased budget for homeless assistance programs.

Federal funding for programs to combat adult and chronic homelessness appears to be positive, though it continues to fall under a temporary spending bill. The Senate Appropriations Committee approved its Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development (T-HUD) appropriations bill, which included a $73 million increase over the final Fiscal Year 2017 budget allocation for McKinney-Vento programs (a variety of homeless assistance programs named in the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act in 2000). The next step is for the House and Senate Appropriation Committees to agree on a final “omnibus” appropriations bill to provide funding through September 2018. A vote on that appropriation could come in January or February.