U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar says that her bipartisan legislation to help fight homelessness among America's veterans has passed the House and Senate and is headed to the President's desk to be signed into law.
Klobachar says the legislation improves homeless services outreach to rural and underserved urban veterans. Specifically, it strengthens an existing program that provides chronically homeless veterans with housing vouchers and case management services, such as help accessing counseling and job training.
A 2009 Wilder Research survey found that nearly 700 individuals in Minnesota who previously served in the U.S. military were homeless on any given night. Minnesota saw its number of homeless veterans increase by seven percent from 2006 to 2009 and the number of homeless women veterans more than doubled.
The legislation is endorsed by 27 veterans and social service organizations.