On April 10, President Obama submitted his Fiscal Year 2014 budget request to Congress. The proposed budget reflects the administration’s high priority for preventing and ending homelessness. According to U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan, “President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2014 Budget demonstrates an unwavering commitment to the goals of Opening Doors: The Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness. Overall, the President’s Budget requests $5.3 billion in homeless programs across all Federal agencies.” The Fiscal Year 2014 funding proposal is a 21.1% increase over homeless program funds previously enacted by the Fiscal Year 2012 budget, and includes:
- $2.4 billion proposed funding for Homeless Assistance Grants ($480 million above the 2012 enacted level);
- $75 million proposed funding for the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program (equal to the 2012 enacted level);
- $300 million proposed funding for Department of Veterans Affairs Supportive Services for Veteran Families program (an increase of $200 million above the 2012 enacted level); and
- $87 million proposed increase for the Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Care for the Homeless Program (an increase of $26 million above the 2012 enacted level).
For additional details on the FY 2014 budget proposal and an in-depth breakdown of targeted homelessness assistance requests by department and program, read the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness’ Proposed Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Fact Sheet. We will continue to monitor these funding commitments as the proposal makes its way through the budget and appropriations process this spring for review, alteration and approval by Congress.