Monday, February 13, 2012

President Obama 2013 Budget

President Barack Obama Releases FY 2013 Budget Proposal
Would mark largest-ever investment in homeless veteran programs

On Feb. 13, 2012, President Barack Obama released the “Budget of the United States Government, Fiscal Year 2013.” The proposed funding levels for homeless veteran programs in this budget, if enacted, would mark the largest-ever investment of its kind. This budget underscores the federal government’s commitment to ending veteran homelessness by 2015, and aligns with the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (NCHV)’s recommendations for the FY 2013 Independent Budget for the Department of Veterans Affairs.

NCHV is humbled by the leadership exhibited by President Barack Obama, VA Secretary Eric Shinseki, and HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan, in particular. Homeless veteran programs have traditionally received strong bipartisan support, and we are confident that Congress will be able to shepherd these historic funding levels to the president’s desk.

Here are some of the highlights from the President’s FY 2013 Budget:

  • Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem (GPD) Program
    FY 2013 proposal: $235 million ($11 million increase over FY 2012)

  • Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program
    FY 2013 proposal: $300 million ($200 million increase over FY 2012)

  • HUD-VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) Program
    Departments of Housing and Urban Development and Veterans Affairs
    FY 2013 proposal (HUD): $75 million in new housing vouchers
    FY 2013 proposal (VA): $43 million increase in case management

  • Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP)
    Department of Labor-Veterans’ Employment and Training Service
    FY 2013 proposal: $38.185 million (same as FY 2012)

One of VA’s top three priorities is to “end veteran homelessness.” Indeed, the proposed FY 2013 VA budget includes $1.352 billion in direct funding for homeless programs – a 33% increase over the previous fiscal year. Direct medical care for homeless veterans would receive $4.4 billion – a 10% increase over the previous fiscal year.

Notably, the FY 2013 VA budget proposal includes advance appropriations for FY 2014, which would ensure interrupted support for homeless veterans programs and services.

For more on VA’s budget submission, click here.

For more on DOL’s budget submission, click here.

For more on HUD’s budget submission, click here.

To read more about NCHV’s FY 2013 recommendations for homeless veteran programs, click here.

For an overview of the FY 2012 funding levels for homeless veteran programs, which were recently signed into law, click here.