Lawmakers Propose Bill to Help Homeless Veterans!
As COVID-19 continues to linger all across the U.S., many of the advocates for veterans have made sure to note that the unfortunate economic tailspin that we’re facing will most likely lead to an influx in homeless veterans.
After the VA put out a public call for donations, lawmakers decided that the time was right to step in and rectify the scenario.
Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla., and Rep., Mike Levin, D-Calif., as well as Senators Dan Sullivan, R-Ark., and Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., have now introduced the Homeless Veteran Coronavirus Response Act (HVCRA).
Sadly, thousands upon thousands of veterans have seen their housing situations fluctuate, funding run dry, resources vanish and their services and the access they had to said services become cut short – and, at no fault of their own.
What Would This Bill Do? How Will it Help?
This newly proposed bill would aid in accomplishing the following action items:
- Allow the VA to use the pre-existing funding to provide: food, shelter, transportation, clothing, blankets, hygiene items, and telecommunication equipment.
- Allow for collaboration with outside groups, in an effort to manage the use of property/buildings and/or other facilities providing temporary shelter for any in need.
- Increase(s) to maximum Grant and Per Diem (GPD).
- Allow for GPD providers to use per diem payments for: food, shelter, clothing, blankets, and hygiene items.
- Allow for the VA to provide GPD payments for additional, and traditional housing/beds without notice/competition.
- Allow VA to waive inspection and code requirements during an emergency – if facilities meet local safety requirements.
- Allow for quicker identification of alternative sites to maintain social distancing protocol.
- Require VA to ensure ‘telehealth’ services to/for any veterans actively participating in a VA homeless program.
How Can My Family Help Homeless Veterans?
To donate household goods, electronics, or food – click here.
To make monetary donations/large monetary donations – click here to email the Director of the VA Voluntary Service.
*Note: Link to make monetary donations will prompt your smartphone, tablet, or laptop to open your Mail app. From there, you will only need to fill out the email and send it. Thanks!
At the time of this blog post, Congress has previously supplied the VA with roughly $20B in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, with a plan to allocate nearly $300M to help aid homeless veterans and their needs during this incredibly difficult and trying time.
The $300M was mainly intended to be used to help homeless veterans find shelter in hotels – and to pay for adequate testing for those who might have fallen ill.
Before COVID-19 hit the United States of America, there were nearly 1.4M veterans who were directly at risk to become homeless.
Now, many advocates nationwide are expecting that number to spike, with the majority inside that population being at great risk still.
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