REPS. BRADLEY AND HERSETH INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO COMBAT HOMELESSNESS AMONG VETERANS
Legislation would help to target support services to veterans who need it most
(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Reps. Jeb Bradley (R-NH) and Stephanie Herseth (D-SD) have introduced legislation in the House of Representatives to help combat homelessness among veterans by providing supportive services to very low-income veterans in their homes. H.R. 4746, the "Services to Prevent Veterans' Homelessness Act," would authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to provide financial assistance to nonprofit organizations and consumer cooperatives to provide for supportive services for very low-income veterans occupying permanent housing. The bill would reserve $25 million of the funds appropriated annually for veterans' medical care for this supportive services program.
"The 1.5 million veterans living in poverty face health and vocational challenges, which limits their ability to sustain housing and maintain their independence," stated Rep. Bradley, a member of the House Veterans' Affairs and Budget Committees. "This legislation will ensure that low-income and rural veterans receive the individualized care and counseling they may need to transition from temporary to permanent housing or search for employment, for example. Our veterans deserve the best care possible, and we should never falter in our promise to those who have sacrificed for our country."