WASHINGTON, D.C. – Ranking Member of the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Tracey Mann and Chairman of the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chris Pappas Introduced the Affordable Housing for Homeless Veterans Act (H.R. 2419). This bill aims to increase the number of affordable housing options, especially in urban areas, to help reduce the recent uptick in veteran homelessness.
“Our job on the Veterans Affairs Committee is to ensure we are taking care of, and doing right by our veterans," said Congressman Mann. “I am pleased to lead The Affordable Housing for Homeless Veterans Act with Congressman Pappas, which reauthorizes a program to curb veteran homelessness. By allowing the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to sell, lease, rent, or donate a home acquired by the Department, we create more options for veterans and affordable solutions for our nation's heroes.”
“We have made significant strides in combating veteran homelessness, but the fact that more than 37,000 veterans are still experiencing housing insecurity is simply unacceptable,” said Congressman Pappas. “The Affordable Housing for Homeless Veterans Act takes critical steps to expand access to affordable housing in high cost areas by allowing the VA to sell or lease homes that have been acquired through foreclosure to our veterans. I am proud to introduce this bipartisan legislation with Congressman Mann and will continue to work with my colleagues and the VA until all those who served our nation have a safe place to call home.”
The Departments of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Housing and Urban Development (HUD) have committed to ensure every veteran has access to safe and stable housing, which includes increasing the supply of and access to affordable housing. H.R. 2419 would reauthorize and amend a program to allow the Secretary of VA to sell, lease, rent, or donate a home which will increase the number of affordable housing options in higher cost areas and reduce veteran homelessness.
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