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House Republican Leaders Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Improve Housing Programs for Homeless Veterans

Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.), the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), Rep. Mike Levin (D-Calif.), the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity, released the following statements after they introduced the Reducing Veteran Homelessness Act of 2020.

“I applaud my friends, Leader McCarthy and Rep. Levin, for introducing the Reducing Veteran Homelessness Act to make it easier for homeless veterans to access safe, affordable housing,” said Ranking Member Roe. “This bill will get us one step closer to ending veteran homelessness once and for all and I am proud to support it today.”

“For generations, our veterans have sacrificed immensely to guarantee the safety of the United States at home and abroad,” said Leader McCarthy. “Because of their service, our country remains a world leader and beacon of hope across the globe. When our service members leave the military, it is our responsibility to help them in their transition to civilian life, especially for those who fall on hard times. Helping our homeless veterans get back on track by ensuring they have ample access to housing vouchers and other supportive services is an important step toward repaying our gratitude for their sacrifices and service to country,” McCarthy continued. “I thank Congressman Levin for joining me on this bill and for his dedication to this very important cause and Ranking Member Roe and the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee team for their support in bringing this bill to fruition.”

“Veterans who have sacrificed for our country should never end up on our streets, and we must do more to support them and help them find permanent housing,” said Rep. Levin. “The Reducing Veteran Homelessness Act will get veterans back on their feet by helping fill case management gaps in the HUD-VASH program, increasing payments to organizations that house homeless veterans, and facilitating access to information systems that can improve outcomes for the veterans they serve. These changes can make a world of difference for homeless veterans and their families, and I appreciate Minority Leader’s McCarthy partnership on this legislation.”

"The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans applauds the efforts of Leader McCarthy and Chairman Levin for introducing this legislation. This language would improve services to veterans facing housing instability by adjusting non-emergency Grant and Per Diem rates and HMIS reimbursement and HUD-VASH case management staffing. These adjustments are monumental for those service providers and veterans affected. NCHV looks forward working with the Leader and Chairman as we continue our collective efforts to end veteran homelessness," said Kathryn Monet, CEO of The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans

To learn more about the Reducing Veteran Homelessness Act of 2020, click here.
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