Faced with mounting homelessness among military veterans, the U.S. House of Representatives addressed the problem this week. It passed H.R. 3298, the Homes for Heroes Act, which would create a special position within the Department of Housing and Urban Development to coordinate services for homeless veterans, and also work with other agencies and private groups to assist them. H.R. 3298 was approved on Tuesday with a strong bipartisan vote of 414-5.
Rep. Guinta issued the following statement:
"Homelessness among military veterans is unacceptably high, with one-fifth of our nation's homeless population having once worn the uniform. Veterans Affairs estimates over 67,000 veterans are homeless on any given night and, over the course of a year, approximately twice that many experience homelessness. These numbers are deeply troubling and don't reflect a grateful nation's commitment to those who have served it. I want to make sure these heroes who are facing trying circumstances get the assistance they deserve. This bill can go a long way in helping to get more veterans off the streets and into a warm bed each night. I urge the Senate to act swiftly and pass the Homes for Heroes Act.