FY23 Budget Update: Home Visiting Programs

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The DC Council cast its first vote today on the annual budget, nearing the final stages of allocating the District’s resources for Fiscal Year 2023, which would begin October 1, 2022. The second vote on May 24 will conclude the budget season. 

This year, the Home Visiting Council and Under 3 DC asked for a 15% increase to existing home visiting grants at CFSA and DC Health to enable programs to adapt to the increased demands on their workforce and resources to support families during this pandemic in the FY23 budget. We strongly supported a $369,150 recurring enhancement to the DC Health home visiting programs and a $70,500 recurring enhancement to the CFSA home visiting programs in order to catch the program grants up with inflation, address staffing shortages by raising home visitor salaries, and provide programs with the necessary resources to support families hit hardest by the pandemic. 

These modest investments would have outsized impacts on the organizations that have been working overtime to meet the needs of the expectant families and families with young children, many of whom are in crisis due to the pandemic’s impact these past two years. With low pay and intensifying workloads, home visitors have been inevitably leaving the workforce, interrupting the long-term relationships and care families receive. This extra funding would address the increased needs of families and the workforce challenges that home visiting programs are facing, particularly around compensation. 

In this FY23 budget, we saw both wins and losses for our home visiting budget ask. We secured the $70,500 recurring investment for CFSA’s home visiting programs. This is a welcomed victory, as these two programs have operated on unstable, one-time dollars in recent years. Additionally, the DC Council restored $150,000 one-time funding for the First Time Mother’s Home Visiting Program through DC Health. 

Despite a powerful presence from the home visiting workforce and participating families throughout the hearings process, the FY23 budget unfortunately did not include the requested $369,150 increase to DC Health’s home visiting programs. While we are disappointed by the exclusion of this valuable enhancement, we are well-positioned to advocate for the necessary public investment that all home visiting programs deserve in order to support their workforce and participant families next budget season. 

 

Program Name (and Agency)

FY23 Budget Ask

Amount Allocated

Program Details (Why the funding is important)

Home Visiting Programs -

DC Health

$369,150 Enhancement 

Restored $150,000 one-time funding for First Time Mother’s Home Visiting Program 

 

Did NOT receive $369,150 enhancement

This funding would enable DC Health home visiting programs to continue supporting families seeking more resources during the pandemic and raise home visitor salaries to address staffing shortages. 

Home Visiting Programs -

CFSA

$70,500 Recurring Enhancement

$70,500 Recurring Enhancement 

This funding would enable CFSA home visiting programs to continue supporting families seeking more resources during the pandemic and raise home visitor salaries to address staffing shortages. 

 

May 10, 2022