CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
On Monday, March 26, 2012, the House is scheduled to consider H.R. 3298, the Homes for Heroes Act of 2011, under a suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage. The bill was introduced by Rep. Al Green (D-TX) on November 1, 2011, and referred to the Committee on Financial Services.
H.R. 3298 would establish the position of Special Assistant for Veterans Affairs within the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to coordinate services provided to homeless veterans and to serve as HUD’s liaison to the Department of Veterans Affairs, the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, state and local officials, and nonprofit service organizations.
The bill would also require HUD to submit a comprehensive annual report to Congress on the housing needs of homeless veterans and the steps undertaken by HUD to meet those needs.
Insurance, Housing, and Community Opportunity Subcommittee chairman, Rep. Judy Biggert (R-IL) said of the bill, “The Homes for Heroes Act will help foster a better understanding of veterans’ issues and build a closer working relationship between HUD and the VA. The result will be better care and services for these national heroes who face such trying circumstances.”
There was no Congressional Budget Office (CBO) cost estimate available for this bill.