Follow us on Twitter     and Facebook       Sign up for Email Updates:
 

Bipartisan Coalition to Praise Passage of the Vulnerable Veterans Housing Reform Act

House-passed bill will help reduce homelessness among veterans

WHO: U.S. Rep. Al Green (TX-9)

U.S. Rep. Joe Heck (NV-3)

U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci (OH-16)

U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert (IL-13)

WHEN: Thursday, September 20th

4:30 PM EST

WHERE: House Triangle

East lawn

U.S. Capitol

BACKGROUND:

The Vulnerable Veterans Housing Reform Act, H.R. 6361, exempts from consideration as income by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) any expenses related to a veteran’s aid and attendance benefits. The aid and attendance benefit is an enhanced pension program provided by the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) to our nation’s wartime veterans who are severely disabled and have little or no income. Under current statute, the aid and attendance benefit is counted as income when determining eligibility for housing assistance, thus diverting resources away from our most vulnerable veterans. Exempting the aid and attendance benefit from the income formula will help reduce homelessness among our nation’s veterans.

CONGRESSMAN GREEN’S STATEMENT:

“I’m proud to have played a role in the bipartisan passage of, H.R. 6361, the Vulnerable Veterans Housing Reform Act. I am especially proud of H.R. 6381, the Housing Assistance for Veterans Act of 2012 (HAVEN Act), which I introduced and was incorporated into H.R. 6361. The incorporated language from the HAVEN Act offers valuable assistance in rehabilitating and modifying the homes of low-income, disabled veterans. While I am not a veteran, I do care passionately about veterans having all the resources a grateful nation can provide them to maintain their productiveness and role in society. 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.”

###

Contact:
Michael Mouton
Press Assistant
Office of Congressman Al Green (TX-09)
2201 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
P: (202) 225-7508
F: (202) 225-2947

This entry was posted in News Room. Bookmark the permalink. Both comments and trackbacks are currently closed.