Sen. Sherrod Brown, Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Jack Reed (D-RI), and Susan Collins (R-ME) secured provisions to prevent veterans homelessness in the Fiscal Year 2017 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) Appropriations Act passed in committee today. The bill includes provisions to fully fund the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) and to direct the council to work with the Department of Defense (DOD) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to ensure that no service member is discharged into homelessness.
“After serving our country, our veterans should never have to worry about having a roof over their heads,” said Brown, Ranking Member on the Senate Committee on Banking Housing, and Urban Affairs. “We must continue to address the unique challenges that veterans can face in securing housing. This partnership between the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, the Department of Defense, and the Department of Veterans Affairs is an important step in honoring the promise to support those who have already given so much. As Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and a long-time champion for the homeless, Senator Reed has a great understanding of the housing challenges veterans face. I appreciate his and Senator Collins’ work with us on this issue and their ongoing efforts to end veterans’ homelessness.”
This story is brought to by the Cuyahoga County Veterans Service Commission.