Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) reintroduced the Zero Tolerance for Veteran Homelessness Act of 2012 (S. 3349) on June 27.S. 3349 would require the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), within one year of the bill’s enactment, to complete a study on the VA’s Grant and Per Diem (GPD) program, develop improved procedures for fiscal control and fund accounting for GPD grants, and develop an improved system for the reimbursement of GPD grant recipients.S. 3349 would allow mixed financing to be used to build, remodel or acquire properties to be used for housing for veterans experiencing homelessness.
The measure would create the position of Special Assistant for Veterans Affairs within the HUD Secretary’s office, and would also require the VA to develop a comprehensive plan to end homelessness among veterans within one year of the bill’s enactment.
Senator Reed introduced similar legislation in the 111th Congress as S. 1547. Language from S. 1547 was included in the Homeless Veterans and Other Health Care Authorities Act of 2010, which was approved by the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs in 2010, but was not acted on by the full Senate by the end of the 111th Congress.
The legislation has been referred to the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs.