As you know, Operation Dignity is committed to helping veterans rediscover hope and dignity by providing the tools needed to live a self-sufficient and stable life. We help homeless veterans and other vulnerable individuals experiencing homelessness to obtain housing and also provide a variety of ...services from street outreach and emergency shelter to permanent supportive housing. And we do all of this while constantly battling for financial support from the federal, state and local government.
I wanted to make you aware that there is a crucial vote today in the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Veterans’ Affairs which will significantly impact the funding which allows us to continue our mission.
34 days ago, on May 11th, Congress allowed critical authorities for VA to serve homeless and at-risk veterans to expire. Today, the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity will have a Hearing to take up new legislation that would begin to restore these critical authorities. Legislation to extend VA homeless veteran program flexibility exists as introduced under H.R. 645, the Healthy Foundations for Homeless Veterans Act, and access to reimbursement under H.R. 491, The Return Home to Housing Act, as necessitated by VA and the veterans themselves at $112.20.
Yet, a competing version of these authorities introduced as H.R. 3848, the Housing Our Military Veterans Effectively (HOME) Act, would limit the Grant and Per Diem (GPD) reimbursement to $74.61, cut the number of available veteran shelter beds nationwide –which at a time when unsheltered homelessness is increasing, would cut funding for veterans with Special Needs and veterans Transitioning in Place to their permanent housing.
This bill would again limit VA’s spending flexibility in the bill to a few years, recreating the current issue, and arbitrarily binds VA’s hands in the administration of the programs addressed in H.R. 491 and H.R. 645.
Please reach out to your legislators and ask them to support the passage of H.R. 645 and H.R. 491.