Congressman Al Green Applauds Passage of HUD-VASH Funding Increase Amendment to H.R. 3055

Jun 25, 2019 Issues: Veterans, Housing

(Washington, D.C.) – On Tuesday, June 25, 2019, Congressman Al Green released the following statement, applauding the passage of H.R. 3055, an appropriations package funding portions of the federal government including the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The legislation includes a bipartisan amendment he cosponsored with Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster (D-NH) and ten other Members to increase funding from $45 million to $47 million for the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program in fiscal year 2020.

Congressman Al Green stated, “Although veteran homelessness is on the decline there is still much more that needs to be done. This is why I have championed this important issue for many years and will continue to until every veteran who needs a home has one. I thank Congresswoman Kuster for sponsoring this critical amendment to H.R. 3055 this year. I look forward to our working together and continuing to do everything we can to eradicate homelessness among our nation’s veterans.”

“The HUD-VASH program has been highly successful in helping our nation’s homeless veterans return to being self-sufficient members of their community. This is why, earlier this year, I led a letter to the Appropriations Committee with my colleagues Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Congressman Christopher H. Smith (R-NJ) requesting $47 million in HUD-VASH funding for fiscal year 2020. The bipartisan letter was signed by a total of 155 Members of the House of Representatives. As long as there are veterans in need of a home, I will continue to lead this letter and its efforts each fiscal year.”

“No veteran should live without a roof over their head, and the HUD-VASH program is an important tool for combatting veteran homelessness,” said Rep. Kuster. “We’ve seen its successful implementation right here in New Hampshire, and I am pleased the House passed this bipartisan amendment to increase funding for this important program.”