HUD Public Affairs
February 8, 2016
WASHINGTON - On Tuesday, February 9th, President Obama will formally propose the Fiscal Year 2017 Budget to Congress. This spending blueprint includes a historic investment to help end family homelessness and was featured in a just-released New York Times article (http://mobile.nytimes.com/2016/02/09/nyregion/obama-to-propose-11-billion-to-combat-family-homelessness.html). We are providing the following fact sheet on this budget request for your awareness:
FACT SHEET: President Obama's FY17 Budget Calls for Historic Investment in Ending Family Homelessness
HUD budget request to include $11 billion to house homeless families
Nearly six years ago, President Obama launched Opening Doors (https://www.usich.gov/opening-doors), the first-ever federal strategic plan to prevent and end homelessness. Today, we can celebrate historic successes in reducing homelessness in all its forms - but we need to reach more families with the proven, cost-effective strategies that have driven that success. Last year, on a single night in January, more than 64,000 families were experiencing homelessness nationwide. Those families included more than 123,000 children. While that represents a 19 percent decrease in family homelessness nationwide since 2010, major cities around the country struggling with rental affordability crises are also experiencing significant increases in homelessness.
In 2010, Opening Doors set out a path to achieve an end to family and youth homelessness by 2020, and with the work that's been done since the Plan's launch, we know more about how to achieve that goal than at any other time in our nation's history. We also know that bipartisan support for proven investments is enabling communities across the country to end homelessness among veterans. When we commit together to investing in what works, we can achieve bold goals. That is why President Obama is calling for an historic investment of $11 billion over the next 10 years in community-based, cost-effective strategies that we know work. That investment will help us achieve our goal by 2020 and maintain that achievement.
Research shows that a combination of rapid rehousing and Housing Choice Vouchers offer the necessary range of flexible and cost-effective interventions to move families out of homelessness quickly and into their own permanent housing. Findings of HUD's recent Family Options Study proved that direct access to affordable housing ends homelessness among families with children, while also increasing economic and social well-being for families and children.
By supporting these effective strategies, President Obama's Fiscal Year 2017 budget request will:
- Provide 550,000 families with the assistance they need to lift themselves out of homelessness and into opportunity.
- Enable communities across the country to end family homelessness by 2020, and then sustain that achievement.
- Significantly expand the availability of rapid rehousing and Housing Choice Vouchers dedicated to families experiencing homelessness.
- Further solidify partnerships between Public Housing Agencies and Continuums of Care across the country, whose teamwork can help the most vulnerable families access housing and services efficiently.
As an additional down payment on this long-term investment, the President's Budget also provides targeted discretionary investments to address homelessness, including:
- 10,000 new housing vouchers for families with children experiencing homelessness,
- 25,500 new units of permanent supportive housing to end chronic homelessness,
- 8,000 new units of rapid rehousing, and
- $25 million to test innovative projects for youth experiencing homelessness.