House Passes Bill Awarding Increased Funding to Homeless Veteran Families
The House of Representatives has passed the “Homeless Veteran Families Act” which will increase funding for homeless veteran families. In addition to any grants homeless veterans already receive, the newly passed act will award homeless veterans with children an additional 50% (per child) of the “daily cost of care” amount. The bill passed unanimously in the House, and will now head to the Senate for vote.
A 2018 report from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development found approximately “38,000 veterans were experiencing homelessness on a single night in January 2018”. Of these veterans “men accounted for nine in ten veterans experiencing homelessness (91% or 34,412 veterans)”. Since 2010, however, “the number of veterans experiencing homelessness was cut nearly in half (49%), a decline of 36,000 people.” Veterans make up 8.6% of the total 441,238 homeless population in the United States.