If enacted, the bill would mandate the annual submission of the Supplemental Veterans Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress (AHAR) and create a new position, the Special Assistant for Veterans Affairs, at HUD. The legislation will now head to the Senate.
In addition, on Wednesday, May 15, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies marked up a fiscal year (FY) 2015 funding bill for agencies, programs, and activities under its jurisdiction, including the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The bill met the Administration’s funding requests for FY 2014 and FY 2015.
Congress has already approved the VA’s FY 2014 funding, unlike other agencies. For FY 2015, the legislation included a total of $73.3 billion in discretionary funding and proposed $1 billion for programs for homeless veterans. These programs include Grant and Per Diem, Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF), and the joint Department of Housing and Urban Development-Department of Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) voucher case management.
Further changes to the FY 2015 amount could occur in the appropriations process next year. To read the Subcommittee’s report, please click here.