Rep. Coffman (CO) introduced H.R. 4099, a bill which modifies the calculation of per diem payments the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) makes to homeless grant providers to include partial payment for each of a homeless veteran’s minor dependents. This will ensure that a homeless veteran does not have to choose between treatment and keeping her or his family intact.
VA’s Homeless Grant and Per Diem (GPD) Program has long been an important source of transitional housing for homeless veterans. In 2016, these programs, generally operated by community providers who receive grant funding from VA, had 13,800 beds devoted to providing supportive housing and/or supportive services for homeless veterans. Veterans may enter these programs to stabilize their medical and behavioral health issues, learn or re-learn independent living and vocational skills and seek VA services and benefits that help them recover from life on the streets. VA notes this is a successful program that in 2016, helped 16,500 veterans move from transitional to permanent housing.
Please support this legislation to assist our homeless veterans and their families. You can use the prepared letter below to ask your Representative to co-sponsor H.R. 4099.
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