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S. 612 (117th): Improving Housing Outcomes for Veterans Act of 2021


The text of the bill below is as of Mar 5, 2021 (Introduced). The bill was not enacted into law.


II

117th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 612

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

March 5, 2021

(for himself, Ms. Warren, Mr. Durbin, and Mr. Van Hollen) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs

A BILL

To require the Under Secretary for Health of the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide certain information to medical center staff and homelessness service providers of the Department regarding the coordinated entry processes for housing and services operated under the Continuum of Care Program of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Improving Housing Outcomes for Veterans Act of 2021.

2.

Department of Veterans Affairs sharing of information relating to coordinated entry processes for housing and services operated under Department of Housing and Urban Development Continuum of Care Program

(a)

In general

The Under Secretary for Health of the Department of Veterans Affairs shall—

(1)

provide to staff of medical centers of the Department of Veterans Affairs and homelessness service providers of the Department the information described in subsection (b); and

(2)

ensure that such information, and other resources the Under Secretary determines are appropriate, are accessible to such staff and providers.

(b)

Information described

The information described in this subsection is information related to best practices with respect to the collaboration between medical centers of the Department of Veterans Affairs, homelessness service providers of the Department, and local partners (including local offices of the Department of Housing and Urban Development or public housing agencies, and private and public local community organizations) on the centralized or coordinated assessment systems established and operated by Continuums of Care under section 578.7(a)(8) of title 24, Code of Federal Regulations, including making referrals and sharing data, as the Under Secretary determines appropriate.

3.

Department of Veterans Affairs communication with employees responsible for homelessness assistance programs

The Under Secretary for Health of the Department of Veterans Affairs shall clearly communicate with employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs whose responsibilities are related to homelessness assistance programs regarding—

(1)

the measurement of performance of such programs by the Homeless Programs Office of the Department; and

(2)

how to obtain and provide feedback about performance measures.