WASHINGTON— On June 4, 2013, the full House of Representatives passed the fiscal year (FY) 2014 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs (MilCon/VA) Appropriations bill – H.R. 2216 – by a vote of 421-4. Among its many provisions, this bill would fund homeless programs within the Department of Veterans Affairs at the highest levels in history, meeting President Obama’s FY 2014 budget request for those programs. These funding levels include $300 million for the Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program and $250 million for the Grant and Per Diem Program.
The House MilCon/VA Appropriations bill would also provide advance funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs in FY 2015. This advance funding includes $1 billion for VA homeless programs and $5.2 billion in treatment costs for homeless veterans, meeting VA’s full advance budget request for these programs and services.
In order to become law, H.R. 2216 still must be passed by the Senate and signed by the president.
For more information on the House FY 2014 MilCon/VA appropriations bill, click here.
For more information on legislative issues that impact veteran service providers, visit NCHV’s “Policy and Legislation” webpage here.