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House Proceeding 06-16-09 on Jun 16th, 2009 :: 0:37:35 to 0:42:50
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Al Green

0:37:18 to 0:37:39( Edit History Discussion )

Al Green: the tabl for what purpose does the gentleman from texas rise? to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 403rks the homes for heroes act of 2009. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. provide housing -- 403, a bill to provide housing assistance for very low income veterans. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the

Al Green

0:37:35 to 0:42:50( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Al Green

Al Green

0:37:40 to 0:38:00( Edit History Discussion )

Al Green: and the gentlewoman from virginia, mrs. capito, will each control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentlemafrom texas. mr. green: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days within which to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous materials on h.r. 403. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. green: mr. speaker, i yield

Al Green

0:38:01 to 0:38:21( Edit History Discussion )

Al Green: myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. green: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i'd like to thank representative capito. she is an active member of the financial services committee and i thank her for managing today. mr. speaker, i'd also like to thank representative michaud,

Al Green

0:38:22 to 0:38:43( Edit History Discussion )

Al Green: for his outstanding work in helping wi this bill. he is a co-sponsor. i thank the ranking member, spencer bachus. of course i thank mr. barney frank. i also would like it to thank the housing subcommittee chair who has worked closely with me on this project, representative maxine waters.

Al Green

0:38:44 to 0:39:04( Edit History Discussion )

Al Green: mr. speaker, the question may be posed in the mind of someone as to why we should pass the homes for heroes act. i'd like to answer this question. we need to pass because, while many of us are sleeping in the suits of life, too many of our veterans are sleeping in the streets of life.

Al Green

0:39:05 to 0:39:26( Edit History Discussion )

Al Green: we node to pass it because while many of -- we need to pass it because while many of us have homes and jobs, too many of our veterans are homeless with no jobs at all. we must pass this piece of legislation because america can't continue to be the home of the free and the land of the brave if too many of our brave

Al Green

0:39:27 to 0:39:47( Edit History Discussion )

Al Green: veterans continue to be homeless. mr. speaker, the statistics are shocking. they literally shock the conscience. veterans are % of the population and more than 25 -- 9% of the population and more than 25% of the homeless. on any given night, 131,000

Al Green

0:39:48 to 0:40:11( Edit History Discussion )

Al Green: veterans are homeless. 300,000 veterans will experien homelessness at some point in the course of a year. one half of the veterans who are homeless suffer from mental illness. 2/3 suffer from alcohol or substance abuse. about 47% of homeless veterans are vietnam veterans.

Al Green

0:40:12 to 0:40:33( Edit History Discussion )

Al Green: in texas there homeless veterans. in my city of houston, texas, we have about 2,500 homeless veterans. per the national alliance to d homelessness, 467,000 veterans spend more than 50% of their income on rent.

Al Green

0:40:34 to 0:40:56( Edit History Discussion )

Al Green: 1.5 million veterans have incomes belo the poverty line. 643,0 veterans have incomes below 50% of the poverty line. mr. speaker, america needs to pass homes for because our veterans need homes.

Al Green

0:40:57 to 0:41:18( Edit History Discussion )

Al Green: mr. speaker, h.r. 403 would establish a special assistant for veteran affairs within h.u.d. it would allow this person or give this person the authority to coordinate services for homeless veterans and this would be with the states, with local authorities, with nonprofit organizations as well.

Al Green

0:41:19 to 0:41:39( Edit History Discussion )

Al Green: this bill establishes a $200 million assistance program in h.u.d. for veterans, for supportive housing and services for low income veterans. it expands the very popular and very successful h.u.d. veterans afaurs supported housing program, authorizing 20,000 vouchers annually, whe funded.

Al Green

0:41:40 to 0:42:00( Edit History Discussion )

Al Green: it authorizes $1 million in h.u.d. grants to assist housing providers, to help them provide the supportiver ises -- services and the planning necessary to fulfill the needs of our veterans. this bill would require h.u.d. to submit an annual comprehensive report to congress on homelessness among the veteran population.

Al Green

0:42:01 to 0:42:23( Edit History Discussion )

Al Green: and this bill wil do what is necessary as a great first step to ending homelessness among our veterans population. this bill is supported by 12 anti-homelessness and veterans organizations. mr. speaker, if america is to continue to be the land of the free he, america must provide

Al Green

0:42:24 to 0:42:44( Edit History Discussion )

Al Green: homes for the brave. i reser time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas reserves the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from west virginia. mrs. capito: thank you, mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. mrs. capito: thank you. i'd like to thank my colleague, mr. green, for his passion and

Al Green

0:42:45 to 0:42:50( Edit History Discussion )

Al Green: his devotion to this bill, homes for heroes act, as he has been shepherding this now for several congresses and i appreciate his

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