Rep. Meadows Introduces H.R. 3313, the Prioritize Housing for Homeless Veterans Act of 2017
Washington, D.C. – This week, Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) introduced H.R. 3313, the Prioritize Housing for Homeless Veterans Act of 2017—a bill to facilitate housing assistance to homeless Veterans.
HUD provides assistance to Veterans in a number of ways, including programs that provide rental assistance for homeless Veterans. However, current law does not adequately prioritize areas of the country that are most in need of assistance for Veterans. This has been a significant problem in NC-11, for example, where Buncombe County houses 26% of the state’s homeless Veterans, but has a vacancy rate of 0%. H.R. 3313 would target this problem by allowing for the prioritization of areas like Asheville when HUD considers dispersal of rental vouchers for homeless Veterans.
Rep. Meadows released the following statement on the bill:
“Our Veterans represent the best of who we are as a nation, and it’s our responsibility to ensure that they are taken care of upon their return to the U.S. after service. A significant part of that is doing what we can in Congress to streamline the housing services that our federal government offers Veterans. I’m hopeful that this bill will be a significant step in allowing the Department of Housing and Urban Development to prioritize areas with high concentrations of Veterans in need so that we can give them the kind of assistance they so richly deserve.
I want to specifically thank the North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness, Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry, and Homeward Bound, the organizations and constituents that helped to create this legislation. I was honored to have a few of them visit our office this week and even attend the official introduction of the bill. Most of all, thank you to our Veterans and their families. Only by their courage and sacrifice are we as a nation able to enjoy our freedoms.”
NC-11 constituents, officially introducing the bill in the House