H.R. 1714: Shelter Our Servicemembers Act

113th Congress, 2013–2015. Text as of Apr 24, 2013 (Introduced).

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113th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1714

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

April 24, 2013

(for himself,Ms. Wilson of Florida,Mr. Cárdenas,Ms. Linda T. Sánchez of California,Mr. Lowenthal,Ms. Meng,Mr. Deutch,Mr. Vargas,Mr. Rangel,Mrs. Davis of California,Mr. Conyers,Mrs. Napolitano, andMs. Sinema) introduced the following bill; which was referred to theCommittee on Financial Services, and in addition to the Committee onVeterans’ Affairs, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned

A BILL

To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs and the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to establish a grant pilot program to provide housing to elderly homeless veterans.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Shelter Our Servicemembers Act .

2.

Elderly homeless veterans housing grant pilot program

(a)

Establishment

TheSecretary of Veterans Affairsand theSecretary of Housing and Urban Developmentshall jointly establish a pilot program to award grants to nonprofit organizations to provide elderly homeless veterans with non-transitional housing.

(b)

Eligible organization

(1)

Nonprofit organization

The Secretaries may award two grants under this section to nonprofit organizations that provide housing to homeless veterans or assist homeless veterans to find housing.

(2)

Locations

In selecting the nonprofit organizations underparagraph (1), the Secretaries shall ensure that such organizations operate in separate geographical locations.

(3)

Application

To be eligible for a grant under this section, a nonprofit organization shall submit to the Secretaries an application at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Secretaries may require.

(c)

Number and amount of grant

(1)

Number

The Secretaries—

(A)

may award two grants under this section; and

(B)

may not award more than one grant to a single nonprofit organization.

(2)

Amount

A grant awarded under this section may not exceed $25,000,000.

(d)

Use of grant

(1)

In general

A nonprofit organization may use a grant awarded under this section to—

(A)

purchase real property within a single geographical area to be used to provide up to 200 eligible homeless veterans with non-transitional housing; and

(B)

refurbish or renovate such property.

(2)

Eligible homeless veterans

A homeless veteran is eligible for housing provided pursuant to this section if theSecretary of Veterans Affairsdetermines that the homeless veteran—

(A)

has attained the age of 55;

(B)

has—

(i)

been continuously homeless for a year or more; or

(ii)

during the last three years, had at least four separate, distinct, and sustained periods during which the veteran lived or resided on the streets, in an emergency shelter for homeless persons, or a combination of both; and

(C)

has a condition that limits the veteran’s ability to work or perform activities of daily living, including conditions related to—

(i)

a diagnosable substance abuse disorder;

(ii)

a serious mental illness;

(iii)

a developmental disability; or

(iv)

a chronic physical illness or disability.

(e)

Case management

(1)

In general

TheSecretary of Veterans Affairsshall provide case management for elderly homeless veterans who receive housing assistance pursuant to this section. TheSecretaryshall maintain a sufficient number of caseworkers to ensure that the ratio of such homeless veterans to caseworkers does not exceed 25 to 1.

(2)

Provision

In carrying outparagraph (1), theSecretaryshall allow the non-profit organization awarded a grant under this section to provide the case management underparagraph (1)if the non-profit organization elects to provide such case management.

(f)

Report

Not later than 180 days after the date on which the pilot grant program terminates pursuant tosubsection (i), the Secretaries shall submit to theCommittees on Veterans’ Affairs of the SenateandHouse of Representativesa report on the pilot grant program that includes—

(1)

the number of veterans served under the program;

(2)

the types of services offered under the program to such veterans;

(3)

the amount of money spent under the program on each such veteran;

(4)

a recommendation as to the feasibility and advisability of continuing the program; and

(5)

any other information the Secretaries consider appropriate.

(g)

Authorization of appropriations

There is authorized to be appropriated to the Secretariesto carry outthis section $50,000,000.

(h)

Homeless veteran defined

In this section, the termhomeless veteranmeans a veteran who—

(1)

has attained the age of 55; and

(2)

is homeless (as that term is defined in section 103(a) of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act( 42 U.S.C. 11302(a) )).

(i)

Termination

The pilot grant program established undersubsection (a)shall terminate on the date that is two years after the date on which the Secretaries award a grant under such subsection.