Educate policymakers on the unintended consequences of sequestration and other cuts to programs serving homeless veterans; and
Advocate for a better solution to the budgetary impasse that will not only undo the progress made in this historic effort to end veteran homelessness, but could potentially increase the number of our countries heroes left without a place to call home.
Please take a minute to invite your Member of Congress to attend this briefing which will be critical to educating Members on the unintended consequences of sequestration and other budget issues.
Call your representative’s and senators’ offices. Ask to speak to the person who handles veterans issues and encourage them to attend the December 6 briefing. Click here for contact information for the Washington, DC offices.
As further background, depending on the severity of discretionary cuts implemented under different scenarios, a large number of veterans will be left without badly needed services, particularly housing assistance. These cuts, especially paired with the persistently high levels of unemployment among veterans (particularly among the younger generation) and the ongoing drawdown of forces, would unquestionably slow or even reverse the impressive progress in ending veteran homelessness we have seen thus far.
We must ensure that those working on these budget issues, namely those working in the congressional offices, attend this briefing to understand the crossroads at which we stand in our efforts to end homelessness among veterans.