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Congressman Al Green Introduces Legislation to Assist Homeless Veterans
(Washington, DC)--On January 9, 2015, Congressman Al Green (TX-09) introduced H.R. 251, the Homes for Heroes Act of 2015; and H.R. 252, the Comprehensive Homes for Heroes Act of 2015. The bills aim to address homelessness among low-income veterans and their families. They also establish a Special Assistant for Veterans’ Affairs and an annual report on veterans’ homelessness. The Special Assistant would coordinate all the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) programs and activities relating to veterans and serve as a HUD liaison with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The comprehensive bill goes a step further by expanding the supply of supportive housing for very-low-income veteran families through a $200 million assistance program, while increasing funding for the successful HUD-VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program.
“Passage of the Comprehensive Homes for Heroes Act of 2015 and Homes for Heroes Act of 2015 should improve the coordination of services for homeless veterans as well as require annual assessments that will help prevent low-income veterans from falling into homelessness and those who are already homeless,” Congressman Al Green said. “Homelessness among our veterans should be unacceptable for a government that asks so much of them. We must address this preventable condition such that no veteran is homeless.”
According to the National Coalition for Homelessness, on any given night in the United States, 49,933 veterans experience homelessness. Additionally, approximately 12 percent of the homeless adult population are veterans.
“I care passionately about veterans having all the resources a grateful nation can provide them,” Congressman Al Green said. “Legislation to support our brave veterans transcends partisanship as well as ideology in Congress and should remain one of the top priorities.”