NAEH (the National Alliance to End Homelessness) is sharing some great news. The new two-year federal budget deal increases the caps on what’s referred to as ‘non-defense spending,’ a category that includes funding for programs that serve people experiencing homelessness.
You can read their blog post here.
We’re not out of the woods. Although the caps increased, it will still take some effort to ensure funding for these programs can grow. As NAEH puts it, “Rising rents, more evictions, and greater inequality mean more people turning to the homelessness system for help. These programs need more capacity to keep up with rising demand. If Congress does not match this rising demand with a significant increase in funding, we will go backward — which is unacceptable.”
We’ll continue to keep you posted on the work in Congress, as well as in Arizona.