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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: March 9, 2015 09:36 AM
From: Senator Vincent J. Hughes
To: All Senate members
Subject: Co-sponsor memo #42 - Veterans Housing (Redevelopment Capital Assistance Projects
In the near future, I will be re-introducing SB 1134 of the 2013-14 legislative session. This legislation is designed to ensure the availability of veterans housing within Pennsylvania. My proposal will authorize projects that will create housing units for our veterans’ population as eligible for redevelopment assistance capital project funds. In addition to making such projects eligible for funding, my bill will use a minimum of $25,000,000 (up from $20,000,000 in SB 1134) of the current available $50,000,000 allocation toward the construction of housing units specifically to house homeless veterans or veterans in need within this Commonwealth.

On any given night, approximately 1,500 veterans within this Commonwealth are homeless. That figure does not include those veterans who are imminent danger of becoming homeless. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has initiated a campaign to end veterans’ homelessness nationwide by 2015. I believe earmarking RACP funds for veterans’ housing will help us achieve the goal of reducing, and eventually eliminating, veterans’ homelessness in Pennsylvania

Please join me in cosponsoring this important piece of legislation.

Introduced as SB745