February 19, 2021

The DELIVER Act Allows the VA to Reallocate Grant Money to Help Homeless and Unemployed Veterans

On January 5, the Dependable Employment and Living Improvements for Veterans Economic Recovery (“DELIVER”) Act was signed into law, which gives the VA greater flexibility in allocating grant funds to provide transportation, food, shelter, clothing, and legal services to veterans who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness. The legal services that will be covered include discharge upgrades, family law, and several criminal justice-related matters, such as expungements and assistance with fees and fines. The act also mandates that not less than 10% of the legal services funds be dedicated to serving female veterans. Additionally, the legislation creates a rapid, twelve month retraining program for unemployed veterans and allows veterans that were discharged under other than honorable conditions or served less than 24 months to access key homelessness programs and resources.