It is a sad truth that about one in five homeless Americans are veterans. This tragedy is compounded by the fact that current law actually makes it harder for a veteran to access low-income housing benefits if he or she has a service-related disability.
That's because VA disability benefits can be calculated as income, making a veteran less eligible for housing benefits. For example, money spent on in-home care for a prosthetic limb literally counts against a veteran's housing benefits. To fix this, we introduced H.R. 6361, the Vulnerable Veterans Housing Reform Act, which changes how housing benefits are calculated for disabled veterans. It's a commonsense change that recognizes the immense sacrifices made by our veterans who have given so much to protect the American dream for the rest of us. And I'm pleased to report that it passed in the House this Wednesday with overwhelming support.