McCarthy co-sponsors bill to aid homeless veterans

Staff Writer
Taft Midway Driller

Today, Representatives Kevin McCarthy and Mike Levin (CA-49) introduced the Reducing Veteran Homelessness Act of 2020 to ensure that our nation’s homeless veterans receive HUD-VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program vouchers and supportive services that they deserve. 

“For generations, our veterans have sacrificed immensely to guarantee the safety of the United States at home and abroad,” said McCarthy. “Because of their service, our country remains a world leader and beacon of hope across the globe. When our service members leave the military, it is our responsibility to help them in their transition to civilian life, especially for those who fall on hard times. 

“Helping our homeless veterans get back on track by ensuring they have ample access to housing vouchers and other supportive services is an important step toward repaying our gratitude for their sacrifices and service to country,” McCarthy continued. “I thank Congressman Levin for joining me on this bill and for his dedication to this very important cause, as well as Ranking Member Roe and the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee team for their support in bringing this bill to fruition.”

McCarthy's office said the The Reducing Veteran Homelessness Act would require three steps to ensure that homeless veterans receive the housing vouchers and supportive services that they deserve:

•Require the VA to contract out vacant HUD-VASH case worker positions to local, qualified community providers.

•Increase the Per Diem payments that community participants in the Grant and Per Diem (GPD) program may receive for each homeless veteran that they house.  

 •Allow Grant and Per Diem (GPD) program community participants to use GPD funding to gain access to their local Homeless Management Information System (HMIS).