Gonzalez Reintroduces Bill to Aid Homeless Veterans
Washington, D.C. , February 5, 2021
Today, U.S. Representatives Anthony Gonzalez (OH-16), Kathleen Rice (NY-04), and Dave Joyce (OH-14) reintroduced the bipartisan Improving Housing Incomes for Veterans Act, which helps local service providers collaborate more effectively with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and streamline the processes necessary to help house America’s veterans.
“We as a nation can live safely and free because of the selfless servicemen and women of our military,” Gonzalez said. “We owe a debt of gratitude to these heroes by providing them with the best services and assistance possible for their transition back into civilian life. I am proud to reintroduce this bill which allows local service providers to collaborate more effectively with the federal government to aid our veterans in need.”
“The veteran homelessness problem in America is one of our country’s greatest shortcomings,” said Rice. “No one who wore our nation’s uniform and fought for our freedom should be without a roof over their head. I’m proud to join Congressman Gonzalez to introduce this bipartisan legislation that will provide veterans experiencing homelessness with the affordable housing opportunities they deserve.”
“While there has been significant progress in reducing veteran homelessness over the last decade, it’s estimated that on any given night, nearly 40,000 veterans across the country are sleeping on the streets, in shelters, or in tents and stairwells,” said Congressman Dave Joyce. “That is simply unacceptable. We cannot allow the brave men and women who have so selflessly served our country to slip through the cracks. I’m proud to join my friend Congressman Gonzalez on this bipartisan, commonsense bill to ensure those who fought for our freedom have better access to affordable housing.”
“The Fleet Reserve Association supports The Improving Housing Outcomes for Veterans Act of 2021. This bill is a positive step forward in increasing the efforts to address veteran homelessness. An estimated 37,000 veterans in the United States experienced homelessness in 2019, the brave men and women who have sacrificed for our country should never end up on our streets,” said Noelle Huffer, Assistant Director of Veterans Programs at The Fleet Reserve Association.
“PVA supports the passage of the Improving Housing Outcomes for Veterans Act which would streamline veteran homelessness assistance through the Coordinated Entry Program and help get important resources to these individuals sooner." said Heather Ansley, Associate Executive Director for Government Relations at the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA)
The Improving Housing Outcomes for Veterans Act would implement recommendations from the Government Accountability Office (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. This bill has the support of the American Legion, the Paralyzed Veterans of America, and The Fleet Reserve Association
Read the full text of the bill here.