ERIC Number: ED298235
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Jun
Necessary Relief: The Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act.
Despite the positive contributions of the 1987 Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act (the McKinney Act), Federal emergency aid has failed to keep pace with the growing need for assistance. Less than one year after the passage of the McKinney Act, progress has been made toward meeting the emergency need for food, shelter, and health care among the growing number of homeless persons, and virtually every program authorized by the legislation has been made available to the public. Nevertheless, the funds are not adequate and agencies have acted slowly in distributing the money they did receive. McKinney Act appropriations have affected every state by creating new programs and sustaining existing programs to meet the survival needs of homeless persons, including the following: (1) the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) emergency food and shelter funds; (2) the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) housing funds; and (3) the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) primary and mental health care program funds. Yet failure to implement some of the provisions of the McKinney Act have resulted in the following: (1) no increase in the availability of food stamps; (2) endangerment of the Temporary Food Assistance Program; and (3) unavailability of education and job training programs until the end of the summer of 1988. The McKinney Act must be renewed at higher funding levels that realistically address the size and growth of the homeless population. Each agency receiving funds is profiled, with the following information provided: (1) amount of award; (2) amount distributed; (3) programs covered; and (4) demand for funds, by state. Three tables of statistical data are appended. (FMW)
Descriptors: Economically Disadvantaged, Emergency Programs, Federal Aid, Federal Legislation, Federal Programs, Health Programs, Homeless People, Housing Needs, Hunger, Poverty, Program Effectiveness, Program Implementation, State Federal Aid, Welfare Services
National Coalition for the Homeless, 1439 Rhode Island Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20005 ($5.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Coalition for the Homeless, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Stewart B McKinney Homeless Assistance Act 1987