On July 31, U.S. Senator Blumenthal introduced the Veteran Housing Stability Act of 2015, which aims to prevent and end Veteran homelessness by expanding affordable and permanent housing options for Veterans. Blumenthal (D-Conn.) is spearheading this legislation along with Senators Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii).
The Veteran Housing Stability Act of 2015 would further advance the VA’s efforts, which have resulted in a 33% decrease in Veteran homelessness since 2010. The new legislation would also help Zero: 2016 communities, such as Connecticut, reach and sustain the goal of ending Veterans homelessness by the end of 2015.
If enacted, the Veteran Housing Stability Act of 2015 would:
- Require more collaboration, outreach, and engagement of landlords
- Reduce the cost burden to housing providers for housing homeless Veterans
- Provide case management only grants to VA transitional housing providers that convert to permanent housing
- Set national performance measures for VA transitional housing programs
- Reduce unnecessary utilization of costly health care services
- Expand resources for Veterans fleeing domestic violence
Click here to read the press release.
Click here to read the proposed legislation.
Click here for the bill section by section summary.
Click here for a fact sheet about the potential impact of the bill.