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2. Super Committee
1. President Obama's Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 Budget Proposal
On Monday, February 13, President Obama released his Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 Budget Proposal. The FY2013 Proposal includes $4.7 billion for targeted homeless assistance funding, a 17 percent increase over the FY2012 Budget. Included in the 17 percent increase is:
The 17 percent increase reflects the priority that the Obama administration has placed on the Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness. However, the President’s proposal is meant to be a guide for Congress as they make decisions about the federal budget and appropriations for FY2013, which begins October 1, 2012. Congress is currently working on the budget in committees.
2. Super Committee
In an effort to significantly scale back federal spending, Congress and the Senate passed the Budget Control Act of 2011 (BCA), which created the new Congressional Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (“Super Committee”). Made up of 12 bipartisan members of the House and Senate, the Super Committee was charged with crafting a $1.2 trillion deficit reduction bill. On Monday, November 19th, 2011, the Super Committee announced their failure to come to an agreement on spending cuts. That failure sets in motion an alternative timetable for $1.2 trillion in spending reductions starting in January 2013.
These cuts will come from domestic, defense and security programs. Several programs that affect low-income people and people experiencing homelessness are exempt including: Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security, Medicaid, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), Food Stamps (SNAP) and all Veterans Administration (VA) programs. However, programs that are
not exempt include U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) programs, Health Care for the Homeless programs, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) homelessness grants, and others.
3. National Housing Trust Fund (NHTF)
4. Federal Definition of Homelessness
On May 20, 2009, President Obama signed the Homeless Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act of 2009. The
amends and reauthorizes the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act with substantial changes, including a change in the definition of homelessness and chronic homelessness.
The new definition includes four broader categories of homelessness:
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