U.S. Congressmen Anthony Gonzalez (R-Rocky River) introduced a new bill today alongside Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-NY) to aid homeless veterans in finding affordable housing. The Improving Housing Outcomes for Veterans Act implements recommendations from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to help local service providers collaborate more effectively with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and streamline the processes necessary to help America’s veterans.
“As a nation, we owe it to the men and women who have defended this country to provide the best services and assistance possible when they return to civilian life,” said Congressman Gonzalez. “Even one homeless veteran is too many. We must do better to protect and care for those who took up the mantle to protect and defend us. This bill implements simple solutions to improve housing outcomes for our veterans and help ensure that our veterans receive the support they have earned.”
“No one who has worn our nation’s uniform and fought for our freedom should be without a home,” said Rep. Kathleen Rice. “It is simply unacceptable that veteran homelessness continues to be a problem. Our veterans deserve better and we must do more to support them. I’m proud to join Congressman Gonzalez on this bipartisan bill to address this crisis and help homeless veterans find affordable housing.”
The Improving Housing Outcomes for Veterans Act would implement recommendations from the GAO to streamline veteran homelessness assistance through the Coordinated Entry Program and directs the Department of Veterans Affairs to detail clear best practice standards for local housing providers. The bill ensures more information is provided to the VA and provider staffs about how best they can best collaborate to assist homeless veterans and instructs the VA to share performance measures on homelessness assistance. Read the full text of the bill here.