Congressmen Al Green and Mike Michaud Reintroduce Bills Targeting Veteran Homelessness in...

Congressmen Al Green and Mike Michaud Reintroduce Bills Targeting Veteran Homelessness in the House

WASHINGTON, D.C. – January 25, 2013 – (RealEstateRama) — Congressman Al Green (TX-09) and Ranking Member of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, Congressman Mike Michaud (ME-02), reintroduced two bills that would impact homelessness among veterans: H.R. 384, the Homes for Heroes Act of 2013, and H.R. 385, the Housing Assistance for Veterans Act of 2013 (HAVEN Act), in the House of Representatives.

“I care passionately about veterans having all the resources a grateful nation can provide them to maintain their productiveness and role in society,” Congressman Al Green said. “Legislation to support our brave veterans transcends partisanship as well as ideology in Congress and should remain one of the top priorities for a government that asks so much of them.”

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) estimates that our nation has 22.2 million veterans. Of this number, 4.3 million are homeowners who have disabilities and 2.7 million are elderly veterans. Many disabled veterans face disproportionate housing costs, and are either at risk of becoming homeless, or are already experiencing homelessness.

“No one deserves to be without a home, especially those who have served and sacrificed for our country,” Congressman Mike Michaud said. “These bills will help our veterans find sustainable and affordable housing that meets their needs.”

The HAVEN Act of 2013 would establish grant awards for accommodating the functional limitations that result from having a disability. Accommodations would include: installing wheelchair ramps as well as widening exterior and interior doors. The grants will greatly assist veterans, as nonprofit housing organizations are able to leverage more than $3 for every $1 in federal funding received.

The Homes for Heroes Act of 2013 aims to help prevent low-income veteran families from falling into homelessness. The bill establishes a Special Assistant for Veterans’ Affairs and an annual report on veterans’ homelessness. The Special Assistant would coordinate all the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) programs and activities relating to veterans and serve as a HUD liaison with the VA.

“Homelessness among our veterans is a preventable condition that we must address, such that no veteran is homeless,” Congressman Al Green said. “The Homes for Heroes Act of 2013 will improve the coordination of services for homeless veterans and require annual assessments that will help prevent low-income veterans from falling into homelessness.

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On January 4, 2007 U.S. Representative Al Green took the oath of office to serve the people of Texas’ 9th Congressional District and began his second term in the United States House of Representatives. As a veteran civil rights advocate, he has dedicated his life to fighting for those in society whose voices, too often, are not heard.

Congressman Green’s chief legislative priority for the 110th Congress is creating a Federal Living Wage. As the Democratic Whip for Region 6 and one of the newest members of the Committee on Homeland Security, Green is dedicated to increasing U.S. port and border security and reducing chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats. He also serves on the Financial Services Committee where he continues his fight to eliminate insurance, housing and lender practices that have historically victimized low and moderate income communities. Additionally, Congressman Green remains committed to increasing the levels affordable housing and ensuring that every American realizes the dream of homeownership.

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