Homeless Service Cuts Highlight the Need for Greater Transparency in DC’s Budget

| October 21st, 2009 | PDF of this report

Homeless service providers learned late in September, and days before the new fiscal year, that their funding from the District was being cut by up to 30 percent.  These cuts, occurring at a time when homelessness is on the rise in the District, came as a surprise.  No one — advocates, providers, or the DC Council — had any idea the cuts were coming or why.

Unfortunately, these kinds of surprises are re an all too familiar story — because DC’s budget lacks clarity in two key areas: showing how funds are directed to programs and services, and detail on how federal block grants are used.

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