Urgent – Sign on letter to support Homeless Assistance Grants

Maine CoC Members (and all others subscribed to the Maine Homeless Planning site):  Please see the message below:

Hi – Please forward to the RHC’s, SHC, CoC’s, ESAC, and directly to colleagues.  The deadline for this sign on letter has been extended through noon this Wednesday, July 13th.  Only seven organizations from Maine have signed on so far (Bangor Area Homeless Shelter, Community Concepts, Inc., Shalom House, Inc., The Opportunity Alliance, Milestone Foundation, The Portland Housing Authority, and Community Housing of Maine).  We should have every organization that serves homeless population on this letter to indicate to our Delegation, particularly to Senator Collins, the importance of McKinney funding (Homeless Assistance Grants, which fund our CoC projects and Shelter Plus Care).  Please click the link and add your organization’s name to the list – it takes about 10 seconds.  Thank you!  Cullen

“Please read and sign your organization on to this letter urging appropriations leadership to increase McKinney funding and Protect the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (UISCH) by NOON this Wednesday, July 13.

The $2.487 billion in the House T-HUD bill this year that the letter requests be in the final FY 2017 spending bill for McKinney would be the biggest one-year increase to the program in 20 years and would provide housing for approximately 40,000 more people than this year.

USICH is currently on track to “sunset,” or discontinue, in 2017, and the House T-HUD bill would also cut its funding for FY 2017. The letter explains the critical work USICH does to further national and local efforts to end homelessness, and urges appropriators to extend its sunset date to 2020 and protect it from funding cuts.

We need to get the message about the importance of McKinney funding and the  work USICH does to end homelessness to Chair Diaz-Balart and his colleagues as soon as possible, so please sign on today and spread the word! You can also reference this webpage for more information.

Cullen Ryan, Executive Director

Community Housing of Maine

One City Center, 4th Floor

Portland, Maine 04101

207-879-0347

207-879-0348 (fax)

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