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WASHINGTON, Sept. 19, 2016 –The American Bar Association encourages the U.S. House of Representatives to pass HR 6046, the Homeless Veterans Legal Services Act, introduced by Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-Ohio) and cosponsored by Reps. Steve Stivers (R-Ohio) and Pat Tiberi (R-Ohio). The bipartisan legislation would make it possible for the Department of Veterans Affairs to enter into partnerships with private entities to provide legal services to homeless veterans and veterans at risk of homelessness.
Homeless veterans face barriers to housing, employment and services that the federal government cannot remove, but a lawyer can. Allowing increased private-public partnerships with the VA to improve these veterans’ access to legal help would take a desperately needed step toward ending the scourge of veteran homelessness in America.
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