ERIC Number: ED311108
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-May
Reference Count: N/A
Homelessness: HUD's and FEMA's Progress in Implementing the McKinney Act. Report to the Congress.
Comptroller General of the U.S., Washington, DC.
This document discusses the status, impact, and administration of the following programs implemented under the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act of 1987: (1) the Emergency Food and Shelter Program; (2) the Emergency Shelter Grants Program; (3) the Supportive Housing Demonstration (SHD) Program; (4) the Supplemental Assistance for Facilities to Assist the Homeless Program; and (5) the Single Room Occupancy Program. The Emergency Food and Shelter Program is administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA); the other four programs are administered by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The results of a survey of 1987 Emergency Food and Shelter Program grantees are also summarized. The following findings are discussed: (1) the programs enable many organizations to provide an increased amount of shelter, food, and other services that may not otherwise be provided and that are crucial in operating facilities; (2) the impact of the FEMA program was lessened because it provided few or no funds during the crucial winter months of 1987-88; (3) the impact of the HUD programs has been limited because they are long-term programs and grantees have made few disbursements; and (4) the formulas used to allocate FEMA's funds and HUD's Emergency Shelter Grants funds may not be getting funds to the neediest localities. Statistical data are included on 24 tables. The appendices comprise the following materials: (1) the methodology used in conducting the survey of Emergency Food and Shelter Grant Program recipients; (2) a copy of the survey questionnaire and results; (3) a review of HUD's actions following approval of 24 questionable SHD grants; (4) comments from FEMA; (5) comments from HUD; and (6) a list of major contributors. (FMW)
Descriptors: Emergency Programs, Federal Programs, Food, Homeless People, Housing, Poverty Programs, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Questionnaires, Welfare Services
U.S. General Accounting Office, P.O. Box 6015, Gaithersburg, MD 20877 (first five copies, free; additional copies, $2.00; 100 or more copies, 25% discount).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Comptroller General of the U.S., Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Stewart B McKinney Homeless Assistance Act 1987