On January 23, 2013, Representative Al Green (D-TX) introduced the following package of bills to address the housing needs of veterans:
H.R. 384, the Homes for Heroes Act of 2013, would establish the position of Special Assistant for Veterans Affairs at HUD. The language would also mandate the annual submission of the Supplemental Veterans Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR). While the current Administration has submitted a Veterans AHAR annually, law does not explicitly mandate the report. The measure has been referred to the House Committee on Financial Services and has 16 cosponsors as of this writing.
H.R. 385, the Housing Assistance for Veterans (HAVEN) Act of 2013, would create a pilot program to authorize the HUD Secretary to make grants to nonprofit organizations to rehabilitate and modify homes of low income veterans and veterans with disabilities. The measure has been referred to the House Committee on Financial Services and has three cosponsors as of this writing. The HAVEN Act was also introduced in the 112th Congress.
H.R. 386 would authorize the HUD Secretary to provide assistance to nonprofits and consumer cooperatives to expand the supply of supportive housing for very low-income veteran households. The assistance authorized under the bill could be awarded as planning grants, capital advance funds, project-based rental assistance, or tenant-based rental assistance. The measure would exclude veterans’ benefits from income for purposes of rent determination for HUD-assisted housing. This bill would also create the position of Special Assistant for Veterans Affairs at HUD and mandate the annual submission of the Veterans AHAR.