Congress Passes FY 2013 Budget
When Congress passed final fiscal year (FY) 2013 funding legislation last week, it had significant increases to homeless assistance programs within the Department of Veterans Affairs, including:
- $75 million for approximately 10,000 new joint Department of Housing and Urban Development – Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) vouchers for chronically homeless veterans;
- Including $245 million for case management services from the VA;
- $300 million for the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program – a $200 million increase over FY 2012 levels; and
- $235 million for the Grant and Per Diem transitional housing program, an $11 million increase over FY 2012 levels.
In total, homeless assistance programs within Veterans Affairs received a 33% increase in FY 2013. These programs are exempt from sequestration – the levels included in the FY 2013 funding bill are the final levels.