|Sponsor||Rep. Filner, Bob|
|Date||March 22, 2010 (111th Congress, 2nd Session)|
|Staff Contact||Adam Hepburn|
H.R. 4810 is expected to be considered on the floor of the House on Monday, March 22, 2010, under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage. The legislation was introduced by Rep. Bob Filner (D-CA) on March 10, 2010. The Committee on Veterans Affairs approved the bill on March 10, 2010.
H.R. 4810 would authorize several Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) programs for homeless veterans. The bill would increase the annual amounts authorized for the VA's Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem program from $150 million to $200 million. This program provides capital grants for constructing, renovating, or acquiring buildings and per diem payments to fund operating costs.
The legislation would also require the VA Secretary to ensure that each VA medical center that provides treatment and services under the supported housing program under the United States Housing Act of 1937 employs or provides one or more specialists that would conduct outreach to landlords to encourage and facilitate participation in the supportive housing program, mediate disputes between veterans receiving assistance under such program and landlords, establish and maintain a list of units available for rental with assistance under such program. Additionally, the Secretary would coordinate with the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to provide assistance to homeless veterans in accessing the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program for assistance for basic essentials, security deposits for rental housing units, and advance payments of the first month's rent for such units.
Finally, H.R. 4810 would permanently extend an existing program that provides grants to entities serving certain low-income families and authorizes the appropriation of $329 million five years.
The program, which currently expires in 2011, provides grants to help low-income families that are homeless, transitioning to permanent housing, or already in permanent housing.
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that implementing H.R. 4810 would cost $612 million over five years.