Today, Rep. Joe Crowley (Queens, the Bronx) applauded a joint announcement by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that HUD will grant $72.6 million to public housing agencies nationwide to provide permanent housing and case management for more than 10,000 homeless veterans. As part of this grant, the New York City Veterans Administration is slated to receive $4.5 million to provide 400 new housing vouchers to help New York City's homeless veterans.
"The fact that over 10,000 of our nation's heroes are without a roof over their heads is a national tragedy and is just plain unacceptable," said Rep. Crowley. "I applaud President Obama and his administration for putting our veterans first and ensuring the brave men and women who serve our nation honorably will receive the help they need and deserve. While this grant is a good start to helping the estimated 2,000 homeless veterans in New York City, there is much more that needs to be done. I am committed to eliminating the words "homeless veteran' from our vocabulary once and for all, and will continue to work hard to ensure we meet the needs of all our veterans."
The funds designated for New York City will be divided between two VA hospitals in the City, the James J. Peters VAMC in the Bronx and the New York Harbor HCS in Manhattan. These medical centers provide support services and case management to thousands of area veterans.
Crowley has been a staunch advocate for New York's veterans. In addition to long-supporting efforts to provide much-needed assistance to homeless veterans, Crowley has also supported expanding benefits and enhancing services for veterans, and efforts to help put veterans back to work. Recently, he worked with the VA and veterans groups to help stop the transfer of land at St. Albans Community Living Center to private developers, ensuring the land remains for the sole use of veterans. Working with the Queens American Legion, Crowley worked to provide funding and support for state-of-the-art traumatic brain injury, or TBI, research -- a top health concern for veterans returning from combat.
Congressman Crowley is a seven-term representative from the 7th Congressional District of New York, which includes sections of Queens and the Bronx. He serves as chief deputy whip in the Democratic leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives and is a member of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee.