15 Percent of Homeless Vets in VA Programs Could Lose Services

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Bill Aims to Ensure 15 Percent of Homeless Vets in VA Programs Don't Lose Services
In an effort to resolve inconsistent eligibility policies across its homeless service programs, the Department of Veterans Affairs is considering changes that would deny services to homeless and at-risk veterans who have received "other than honorable" discharges. However, this October the Senate passed S. 1731, a bill introduced by Sen. Patty Murray that would legally require that veterans with other than honorable discharges, or who don't meet the minimum time in active duty service requirement, remain eligible. The House has yet to take up the bill.
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Congress to Finalize FY 2016 Appropriations
Members of Congress returned from Thanksgiving recess Monday, Nov. 30 and are now working to wrap up a final fiscal year (FY) 2016 omnibus bill before the current continuing resolution (CR) runs out Friday, Dec. 11. The final omnibus bill would fund all discretionary federal operations, including homeless assistance and affordable housing programs, through the end of the federal fiscal year on Sept. 30, 2016.
Media reports indicate the final bill could be released as soon as on Monday, Dec. 7. Snags in negotiations, however, could lead to a delay.
Conference Reminder: Scholarship Deadline Fast Approaching
The Dec. 9 deadline for applying for the Alliance’s scholarship program for the 2016 National Conference on Ending Family and Youth Homelessness is next week. Only individuals who are currently experiencing homelessness or who have experienced homelessness in the past are eligible to apply. To apply for a scholarship, please complete the scholarship application form.
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Mayor's Challenge National Call
Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015, 1:45 to 2:45 pm EST
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is encouraging mayors, city staff, partners, and stakeholders participating in the Mayor’s Challenge to connect on a conference call next Wednesday, Dec. 9, to discuss the federal goal of ending veteran homelessness. On the call will be HUD Secretary Julian Castro, Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, and Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner.
The call will take place from 1:45 to 2:45 p.m. EST. Call-in: (800) 288-8967
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Tuberculosis and Homelessness: Not a Thing of the Past
by Jayme Day
In August, the Centers for Disease Control held a meeting in Atlanta with several representatives from emergency shelters, health experts, federal officials, and national homeless organizations to discuss the spread of Tuberculosis (TB) in homeless shelter populations.
TB can be a fatal disease; it is transmitted through the air and can remain in the air for many hours, which means that people staying in crowded jails or shelters are especially susceptible. Not only do homeless people spend extended periods in crowded shelters, they're more likely to have compromised immune systems from living on the streets.
15 Percent of Homeless Vets in VA Programs Could Lose Services
by Kathryn Monet
On a given night in 2015, nearly 50,000 veterans experienced homelessness across the country, a staggering number, yet a number that represents a 36 percent decline since 2010. We're making progress. But now administrative changes brewing at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) could threaten that progress.
The changes have to do with several VA transitional housing and rapid rehousing programs that have been largely responsible for the progress we have made in recent years. In short, these changes would make certain veterans ineligible for these programs. Senior leaders at VA estimate such changes would affect approximately 15 percent of the current population served by these programs.

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