Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Homeless Veterans need your support

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Homeless Veterans need your support

H.R. 1 set to eliminate funding for homeless veterans programs

Contact your MEMBER NOW

 

H.R. 1, the full-year Continuing Appropriations Act of 2011, is set to eliminate $75 million for approximately 10,000 new permanent supportive housing vouchers for homeless veterans.

These HUD-VA Supportive Housing (VASH) vouchers represent a collaboration between the Departments of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Veterans Affairs (VA) to help chronically ill veterans who are not able to obtain and maintain housing without assistance. A vote on this bill is expected by the end of the day.

The vouchers were approved by both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees in the 111th Congress, and would bring the HUD-VASH program to the 40,000 voucher level.

The VASH program is one of the most critical elements of the Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness among veterans by 2015.

VA had included funding for program expansion in its FY 2011 budget, and the Senate Appropriations Committee inserted funding for 10,000 new vouchers in its HUD funding bill. Both actions spurred hope that the number of homeless veterans – estimated at 107,000 – would continue to decline.

Vietnam Veterans of America urges you to contact your senators and representatives NOW and object to any move that would eliminate approved HUD-VASH program funding for new vouchers from this years continuing appropriation act for 2011 and all future budget proposed by the 112 Congress.

We must all do our part to protect these brave soldiers please contact your member NOW and object to any cuts in services for our homeless veterans.

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