Send an email and help end homelessness

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Ending homelessness has a simple solution. Housing.

We know the answer. But we have to leverage many types of resources to help make safe, affordable, stable housing available to everyone.

The National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH) develops key policy priorities to identify how the federal government can help support the work of local communities who are ending homelessness.

During this time of budget negotiations, it is especially important to let our Congressional representatives know how important it is to allocate adequate funds to federal programs that address homelessness and housing.

From the NAEH website: “HUD’s McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants program is the federal government’s largest homeless assistance program. McKinney-Vento funds two programs: the competitive Continuum of Care (CoC) program and the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) formula grant program. Modest congressional investments in McKinney-Vento coupled with congressional support for HUD’s work to strategically allocate these resources for maximum impact has resulted in decreases in the number of people experiencing homelessness. Congress must continue to invest in this effective program to continue progress and avoid reversing the trend. We are urging Congress to provide $2.6 billion in FY 2018 for HUD’s Homeless Assistance Grants program. Congress should also prevent the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) from sunsetting and continue to fund it at least at its current $3.6 million funding level.”

Acadiana receives both CoC and ESG funds and relies on these funds to employ outreach workers, provide emergency shelter, fund permanent supportive housing, and provide financial assistance to households in order to prevent homelessness and rapidly re-house those who have become homeless. In addition these funds help agencies across Acadiana provide the case management support that individuals and families need to maintain housing until they are able to stabilize in housing on their own.

Please add your voice to those across the nation to tell Congress that we need them to fund these programs so that we can continue to decrease and ultimately end homelessness in Acadiana.

The National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH) makes it easy to send an email or make a phone call. Click HERE to use their tools.

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