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Hill Update from NAEH

Homeless Veterans Bill Approved
Plan a site visit during the Congressional Recess

Plan a site visit during the Congressional RecessPrior to adjourning for summer recess, the House and Senate approved H.R. 1627, the Honoring America’s Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012, and sent it to the President for his signature. The Senate passed the legislation on July 18, 2012.

The legislation would expand authorization of the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program to $300 million, as well as reauthorize both the Grant and Per Diem (GPD) program and the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP), among other programs aimed at helping homeless veterans. The legislation would also require the Department of Veterans Affairs to study and improve the reimbursement method used in the GPD program.

Congress appears set in September to vote to postpone any final action on the budget until March 2013.

Congress is on recess until Monday, September 10, 2012 but likely will be out of session during much of October for campaigning. That makes now the ideal time to encourage your Members to take a tour! This is a good time to Join the National Site Visit Campaign.

Monarch Housing Associates is happy to help you plan a site visit with your Member(s.) Please email Kate Kelly for help or to get started.

by Kate M. Kelly

Kate Kelly joined Monarch Housing Associates in March of 2011. Her responsibilities include writing policy and other website updates, coordinating state and federal advocacy update and assisting with fundraising efforts. To read more about Kate and all of our staff click here. Click here to send Ms. Kelly an email.

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