Housing for Vets
One of our core beliefs at VetsFirst is that veterans who acquire disabilities must have the supports and services they need to reintegrate into their communities and achieve independence. An important aspect of community living for any person with a disability is access to affordable, accessible housing. The absence of housing that can accommodate the needs of an individual with a disability is a barrier to community reintegration.
VetsFirst fully supports existing VA programs that have provided critical assistance to many disabled veterans. However, veterans who have disabilities that are not related to their military service are not eligible for some of these programs. Also, veterans who have a service-connected disability but who are not rated as permanent and total are limited in which funds they can access.
To meet the unmet housing needs of these veterans, VetsFirst has always been a supporter of increased public-private partnerships between nonprofits and government agencies. We believe the Housing Assistance for Veterans Act (H.R. 3743/S. 1387) is a positive step in that direction and are currently working to secure its passage. The HAVEN Act would provide grants to national housing nonprofits to perform housing adaptations and repairs for low-income or disabled veterans. During these difficult budget times, it is more important than ever that we work in partnership to develop solutions to gaps in benefits.
We believe that by working together we will be able to ensure full community reintegration for all veterans living with significant disabilities.