Provides Assistance to Veterans Fleeing Domestic Violence
On February 12, 2013, Senator Mark Begich (D-AK) introduced S. 287, legislation to expand the definition of homelessness for veterans.
This is a reintroduction of a bill he authored in the 112th Congress. This legislation is also a companion to legislation, H.R. 897, that was introduced by Representative Janice Hahn (D-CA) on February 28, 2013.
The bill would assure that veterans fleeing domestic violence or another life-threatening condition be eligible for assistance under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. The Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act of 2009 updated the definition of homelessness to cover individuals fleeing domestic violence. However, the definition of “homeless veteran” was not updated to reflect this change.
The legislation has been referred to the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs and has four cosponsors as of this writing.