Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a comprehensive bill that included Rep. McKinley's Safe Housing for Homeless Veterans Act. McKinley's portion requires any organization that seeks funding from Veterans Affairs Committee for services to homeless veterans to have documentation that their building meets or exceeds all local, state and federal building codes.
"There are over 2,100 community-based homeless veteran service providers across the country and many other homeless assistance programs that have demonstrated impressive success reaching homeless veterans," said Rep. McKinley. "This bill will ensure our homeless veterans have access to safe shelters, nationwide. In defense of our country, these men and women were put in harm's way; they should not be in doubt about their own safety now that they are home again."
"As only one of two engineers in Congress, I was struck by how many were not in compliance with safety codes," said McKinley. "Once veterans enter into these programs it is important to provide a safe environment to house our nation's heroes so they can rehabilitate and become productive members of our society."