House Passes Veterans’ Legislation with Housing Provisions
On Oct. 28, the House passed by voice vote the Vulnerable Veterans Housing Reform Act of 2013, H.R. 1742. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Joe Heck, R-Nev., prevents Veterans Affairs Department aid and attendance payments from being counted as income when considering eligibility for housing grants from HUD.
“The men and women who have worn the uniform shouldn’t be sleeping on the streets,” said Heck of HR 1742. Currently, HUD includes these benefits as income when determining housing assistance eligibility.