By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– Rep. Paul Cook (R-Yucca Valley) introduced H.R. 2150, the Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program Reauthorization Act of 2013. This bill will reauthorize the Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program (HVRP), a vital service that assists homeless veterans in finding employment. Without Congressional intervention, HVRP will end this year. Cook’s bill will extend HVRP for the next five years.
HVRP provides grants to organizations directly assisting homeless veterans in job training, enabling them to re-enter the workforce. These organizations provide services including job placement, training, and development as well as career counseling and resume preparation. The program also provides support services such as clothing distribution, transportation assistance, and medical and substance abuse treatment.
Said Cook, “It’s our duty to support our nation’s heroes, especially those who are struggling with homelessness. These men and woman sacrificed everything to defend our nation, and we are obligated to care for them and to rehabilitate those who are struggling the most.”
The bill has received bipartisan support with original cosponsors including Reps. Bill Flores, Jeff Denham, Ken Calvert, Gloria Negrete McLeod, David Valadao, Duncan Hunter, and Roger Williams.