Sending Office: Honorable Al Green
Sent By:
Matt.Rowland@mail.house.gov

Our submission deadline for this request is Thursday, March 28, 2019

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 2020. This letter requests $47 million for HUD-VASH, which is consistent with FY17
enacted levels.

While homelessness among veterans has fallen by nearly 50 percent since 2010, veteran homelessness remains a problem. According to the HUD point-in-time count, 37,878 veterans were homeless on a given night in 2018. Of those veterans, 14,566 were unsheltered
or living on the street. These startling numbers are why it is so critical to support the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program.

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 Matt Rowland in the Green office at
Matt.Rowland@mail.house.gov
, Emma Mehrabi in the Lee office at
Emma.Mehrabi@mail.house.gov
, or Courtney Fellows in the Smith office at
Courtney.Fellows@mail.house.gov
.

  Sincerely,

         Al Green                      Barbara Lee               Christopher H. Smith

Member of Congress      Member of Congress      Member of Congress

 

Letter Text:

Dear Chairman Price and Ranking Member Diaz-Balart:

We are writing to request that the Transportation-HUD Appropriations Subcommittee continue meaningful funding for programs that provide assistance to homeless veterans. Specifically, we request $47 million for the HUD-VASH program for Fiscal Year (FY) 2020,
which is the FY2017 enacted level.

While homelessness among veterans has fallen by nearly 50 percent since 2010, veteran homelessness still remains a problem. According to the HUD point-in-time count, 37,878 veterans were homeless on a given night in 2018. Of those veterans, 14,566 were unsheltered
or living on the street. These startling numbers are why it is so critical to support the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program.

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.

We are very grateful that the Appropriations Committee has provided $40 million for new HUD/VASH vouchers for the last two years. However, we feel that it is prudent and necessary to again fund the program at $47 million. Homelessness among veterans—even
one veteran—is unacceptable. By increasing funding to $47 million we will show our commitment to ensuring homelessness among veterans is eliminated.

As your Subcommittee considers the FY 2020 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,

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