Sending Office: Green, Al
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Dina.Hamadi@mail.house.gov

Our submission deadline for this request is Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Dear Colleagues:

We invite you to sign on to the letter below requesting funding for the Housing and Urban Development – Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing Program (HUD-VASH)) for Fiscal Year 2019. This letter requests $47 million for HUD-VASH, which is consistent with FY17
enacted levels.

While homelessness among veterans has fallen by 45 percent since 2009, veteran homelessness remains a problem. In fact, last year the number of veterans experiencing homelessness increased for the first time since 2010. An estimated 40,056 veterans were
homeless on a given night in 2017. This is why support of the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program is so critical this fiscal year.

The HUD-VASH program has been successful in helping our nation’s veterans escape homelessness each year. The program combines Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) rental assistance for homeless Veterans with case management and clinical services provided by the
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). VA provides these services for participating Veterans at VA medical centers (VAMCs) and community-based outreach clinics. Every year since 2008, HUD and VA have awarded HUD-VASH vouchers based on geographic need and public
housing agency (PHA) administrative performance.

We hope that you will join us in supporting this program to ensure our heroes are able to return to their communities in a respectful and self-sufficient manner. If
you would like to sign on please use this google form.

If you have any questions please contact Matthew Rowland in the Green office at Matt.Rowland@mail.house.gov; or Liz Lee in the Lee office at: Liz.Lee@mail.house.gov.

Sincerely,

Al Green Barbara Lee

Member of Congress Member of Congress

Our submission deadline for this request is Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Dear Chairman Diaz-Balart and Ranking Member Price:

We are writing to request that the Transportation-HUD Appropriations Subcommittee continue robust funding for programs that provide assistance for homeless veterans. Specifically, we request $47 million for the HUD-VASH program for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019,
which is the FY2017 enacted level.

According to the most recent Annual Homeless Assistance Report issued by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, 553,742 people were homeless across the United States on any given night. While homelessness among veterans has fallen by 45 percent
since 2009, veteran homelessness still remains a problem. In fact, last year the number of veterans experiencing homelessness increased for the first time since 2010. An estimated 40,056 veterans were homeless on a given night in 2017.[1] These
figures illustrate the progress we have accomplished, but more importantly the continued need for HUD-VASH assistance.

The HUD-VASH program has been highly successful in helping our nation’s veterans escape homelessness each year. The program combines rental assistance, in the form of a HUD voucher, with case management and supportive services provided by the Department
of Veterans Affairs (VA). By combining services, the HUD-VASH program helps homeless veterans return to being self-sufficient members of their community. Through community outreach, we have witnessed the benefits of the HUD-VASH voucher program in our districts.
Veterans are provided the stable environment necessary for addressing the factors that led to their homelessness.

Homelessness among veterans—even one veteran—is unacceptable. We must continue to fund the highly-successful HUD-VASH program until homelessness has been eliminated among all veterans. As your Subcommittee considers the FY 2019 Transportation-HUD Appropriations
bill, we ask that you support funding for our homeless veterans and specifically the HUD-VASH program. Thank you for your consideration and attention to this matter.

Sincerely,


[1] 2017 Point In Time Estimate of Homeless Veterans, page 1. Available: https://www.hudexchange.info/resources/documents/2017-AHAR-Part-1.pdf

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