Veterans Reauthorization Bill Introduced
On Wednesday, July 15, Representative Ted Deutch (D - FL) introduced the Helping Homeless Heroes Act (H.R. 2559). The Act would reauthorize and extend the Grant Program for Homeless Veterans with Special Needs and the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program. In addition, the bill would also require that the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs submit a plan on ending veterans homelessness to Congress. A similar bill, S. 1148, was introduced in the Senate in June.
Senate Committee Passes Second Chance Reauthorization Act
On Thursday, July 21, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted on and approved the Second Chance Reauthorization Act of 2011 (S. 1231). The bill provides resources to improve outcomes for people released from prison and jail. The bill extends the original program by five years, includes support for a study of duplicative programs, and promotes better accountability among grantees.