Homes for Heroes Act
Representative Al Green (D-TX) introduced H.R. 3298, the Homes for Heroes Act, on November 1. The legislation would establish the position of Special Assistant for Veterans Affairs at HUD and would mandate annual submission of the Supplemental Veterans Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR). The report is to be submitted by the Department of Veterans Affairs and HUD, in conjunction with the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness. While the current Administration has submitted a Veterans AHAR for the past two years, the report is not explicitly mandated.
Representative Michael Grimm (R-NY) co-sponsored the bill. The bill has been referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.
An earlier iteration of the bill passed the House of Representatives 417 to 2 in the 111th Congress. However, the Senate never took up the bill, so the measure has been reintroduced in the 112th Congress.
Livable Communities Act
Representative Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) introduced H.R. 3325, the Livable Communities Act, on November 2. The legislation is a companion to S. 1621, introduced by Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) on September 22 (see Memo, 9/30). H.R. 3325 would formally authorize an Office of Sustainable Communities within HUD, as well as authorize community challenge grants and comprehensive planning grants. The bill was referred to three House committees: Financial Services, Transportation and Infrastructure, and Energy and Commerce.
Mr. Perlmutter had a similar bill in the 111th Congress, which the House did not take up.