Honoring Those Who Serve, Patrick Murphy Introduces Bill to Help Homeless Veterans
Today, Pennsylvania Congressman and former Army Captain Patrick Murphy (D-8th District) introduced legislation that seeks to alleviate the problem of homelessness among veterans. The bill would improve the way community-based organizations who serve homeless veterans receive their funding. It also expands the capacity of services for women veterans and improves outreach to those who are at risk of becoming homeless. Too many veterans have to battle homelessness. It is estimated that there are over 3,300 homeless veterans in Pennsylvania and at least 550 in the greater Philadelphia area alone. This legislation seeks to deliver on the promises our nation makes to those who wear the uniform by empowering the Department of Veterans Affairs to better fund organizations dealing with homeless veterans and assist with identification and transitions for veterans at risk of becoming homeless. By focusing on improving community-based organizations, this legislation seeks to aid those who know the problem best and deal with it on a daily basis.
"I introduced this bill so that those who once faced down our enemies don't have to face another night out on the street," said Congressman Patrick Murphy. "It is shameful that so many veterans are homeless today. Hopefully this piece of legislation will go a long way toward solving this disgraceful problem."
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