Representatives Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Increase Access to Legal Services for Homeless Veterans

Representatives Jimmy Panetta (D-CA), Gilbert Cisneros (D-CA), Greg Steube (R-FL), Brian Mast (R-FL), Don Bacon (R-NE), and Mike Waltz (R-FL) introduced the “Legal Services for Homeless Veterans Act” (H.R. 3749) on July 12. This bipartisan bill would allow the secretary of Veterans Affairs to allocate grants to legal services providers that serve veterans who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. 

The bill would help increase veterans’ access to legal aid services and address issues that may contribute to remaining or becoming homeless. “While serving as a local prosecutor and working as a board member for the Veterans Transition Center of Monterey County,” stated Representative Panetta in his press release, “I encountered many veterans who had certain legal issues that brought them to the brink or pushed them into homelessness. This legislation provides those veterans, and supportive and surrounding organizations, the resources necessary to help our veterans resolve these legal issues and get back on their feet.”

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