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Homeless Advocates Demand Equitable Distribution of Funding

While programs funded by the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants are very effective, program funds are not distributed across the country based on need or predictors of homelessness. This mismatch is preventing the nation from more efficiently ending homelessness.

For decades, federal funding for homeless solutions has been distributed using outdated funding formulas. The campaign to change the McKinney Vento funding formula began in 2009, when 65 national leaders recommended a change in the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) funding process. HUD recently allowed individuals to weigh in on HEARTH regulations, which gave advocates a new opportunity to request changes to the McKinney-Vento funding formula.

We are excited to report that under United Way of Greater Los Angeles’ leadership over 30 organizations – including Los Angeles Mission, Miami Coalition for the Homeless, Arizona Coalition to End Homelessness, Southern California Association of Non-Profit Housing, the Home For Good Business Leaders Task Force, and the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce – sent letters to HUD asking that funds for homelessness be distributed more equitably. Furthermore, Natalie Price from Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard’s office and Matt Weiner from Congressman Henry A. Waxman’s office helped lead Congressional outreach. Thanks to the leadership of Congresswoman Roybal-Allard’s and Congressman Waxman’s offices, 21 congressional leaders signed on to advocate for a revised funding formula. In their letters, stakeholders from across the U.S. urged HUD to include key factors directly related to homelessness and to create one funding formula for all metropolitan regions.

Thank you to everyone that voiced their concerns about the McKinney Vento funding formula. Together we can assure effective solutions to homelessness!

For more information on the campaign to revise the current funding formula read United Way’s Policy Brief.

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