President Signs Bill Reauthorizing Major Homeless Veteran Programs
Toward the end of September, both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate passed a bill to reauthorize a number of major homeless veteran programs for fiscal year (FY) 2012. Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH)’s H.R. 2646, the “Veterans Health Care Facilities Capital Improvement Act of 2011,” was passed by the House on Sept. 20 by a vote of 412-3, and was unanimously passed by the Senate three days later. On Oct. 5, this bill was signed by the president and officially became Public Law 112-37.
These reauthorizations were extremely urgent, as fiscal year (FY) 2011 ended on Sept. 30. The new law will enable continued funding in FY 2012 for homeless veteran programs such as the following:
Additionally, the following VA services have been reauthorized: treatment and rehabilitation for seriously mentally ill and homeless veterans, housing assistance for homeless veterans, and the Advisory Committee on Homeless Veterans.
The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (NCHV) commends Congress for passing this bill on an overwhelming bipartisan basis. Throughout the 112th Congress, NCHV has stressed the importance of these homeless veteran programs to the Senate and House Committees on Veterans’ Affairs, which have responded with impressive leadership and results.
For more information on homeless veteran legislation, visit www.nchv.org.