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NCHV reports on legislation in the United States Congress that would significantly impact veterans and their families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. This page lists bills that have been introduced in the 115th Congress, which convened in January 2017 and will run through calendar year 2018. Each bill number links to its summary page on the Library of Congress website, where the bill's full text and record of congressional action can be accessed. For more information on legislation, go to http://thomas.loc.gov.

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House of Representatives bills

H.R.104: Helping Homeless Veterans Act of 2017
Rep. Brownley, Julia [D-CA-26], Rep. Jayapal, Pramila [D-WA-7], Rep. Vargas, Juan [D-CA-51], Rep. Blumenauer, Earl [D-OR-3]  01/03/2017

  • This bill makes the following Department of Veterans Affairs programs and services permanent: (1) homeless veterans reintegration programs, (2) referral and counseling services for veterans at risk of homelessness who are transitioning from certain institutions (including penal institutions), (3) financial assistance for supportive services for very low-income veteran families in permanent housing, (4) a grant program for homeless veterans with special needs, (5) treatment and rehabilitation for seriously mentally ill and homeless veterans, (6) housing assistance for homeless veterans, and (7) the Advisory Committee on Homeless Veterans.

H.R.107: Homeless Veterans with Children Reintegration Act  
Rep. Brownley, Julia [D-CA-26] 1/3/2017

  • This bill directs the Department of Labor to give homeless veterans with dependent children service priority under homeless veterans reintegration programs.

H.R.734: To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide a refundable credit against tax for landlords of veterans receiving rental assistance under the Veterans Affairs Supported Housing program
Rep. Brownley, Julia [D-CA-26]  1/30/2017

  • This bill amends the Internal Revenue Code to allow a refundable tax credit for the owner of a dwelling unit that is occupied by a veteran on whose behalf rental assistance is provided by the Veterans Affairs Supported Housing program under the United States Housing Act of 1937. The credit is equal to 10% of the amount of rental assistance received by the person for the year.

H.R.1145: Housing for Homeless Students Act of 2017
Rep. Ellison, Keith [D-MN-5], Rep. Paulsen, Erik [R-MN-3] 2/16/2017

  • This bill amends the Internal Revenue Code, with respect to the low-income housing tax credit, to qualify low-income building units that provide housing for homelesschildren, youth, or veterans who are full-time students for the credit. To qualify for the credit, the full-time student must have been a homeless child or youth during any portion of the seven-year period prior to occupying the housing unit or a homeless veteran during any portion of the five-year period prior to occupying the unit.

H.R.1875: Homeless Veterans Assistance Fund Act of 2017
Rep. Schneider, Bradley Scott [D-IL-10], Rep. Murphy, Tim [R-PA-18], Rep. Deutch, Theodore E. [D-FL-22], Rep. Frankel, Lois [D-FL-21], Rep. Shea-Porter, Carol [D-NH-1], Rep. Cohen, Steve [D-TN-9], Rep. Lowenthal, Alan S. [D-CA-47], Rep. Loebsack, David [D-IA-2], Rep. Grijalva, Raul M. [D-AZ-3] 4/4/2017

H.R.1993: Homeless Veterans Legal Services Act
Rep. Beatty, Joyce [D-OH-3], Rep. Stivers, Steve [R-OH-15], Rep. Tiberi, Patrick J. [R-OH-12] 4/6/2017

  • This bill directs the Department of Veterans Affairs to enter into partnerships with public or private entities to fund a portion of the legal services such entities provide to homeless veterans and veterans at risk of homelessness related to housing, family law, income support, and criminal defense.

 

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Senate bills

S. 112: Creating a Reliable Environment for Veterans' Dependents Act
Sen. Heller, Dean [R-NV], Sen. Murray, Patty [D-WA] 1/12/2017

  • This bill provides that the services for which a recipient of a grant under the VA comprehensive service program for homeless veterans may receive per diem payments may include furnishing care for a dependent under the care of a veteran who is receiving services.

S. 434: Housing for Homeless Students Act of 2017
Sen. Franken, Al [D-MN], Sen. Portman, Rob [R-OH] 2/16/2017

  • This bill amends the Internal Revenue Code, with respect to the low-income housing tax credit, to qualify low-income building units that provide housing for homelesschildren, youth, or veterans who are full-time students for the credit. To qualify for the credit, the full-time student must have been a homeless child or youth during any portion of the seven-year period prior to occupying the housing unit or a homeless veteran during any portion of the five-year period prior to occupying the unit.

S.743: A bill to strengthen the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness
Sen. Reed, Jack [D-RI], Sen. Collins, Susan M. [R-ME]  3/28/2017

S. 1072: Homeless Veterans Prevention Act of 2017
Sen. Burr, Richard [R-NC],  Sen. Hirono, Mazie [D-HI], Sen. Tester, Jon [D-MT], Sen. Manchin, Joe [D-WV]  5/9/2017

  • Allow per diem payments through the GPD program to be made to support dependents who accompany their veteran parent in their homelessness,
  • Create an expansive public-private partnership to expand the legal services available to homeless veterans across the country,
  • Provide dental care through VA to homeless/ formerly homeless veterans living in HUD-VASH, a domiciliary, or grant and per diem program, among other locations, and
  • Increase the authorization limit for the SSVF program to $500 million, opening the door for the renewal of surge grants set to expire at the end of this year.

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