Aug 7, 2012 at 7:38 am
WASHINGTON (KNSI) - Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar announced that her bipartisan legislation to help fight homelessness among America's veterans was signed into law Monday.
Klobuchar obtained 18 Democratic and Republican cosponsors for the bill in the Senate. 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 survey of homelessness by Wilder Research found the number of homeless veterans in Minnesota at an all-time high. According to figures released by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Housing and Urban Development, approximately 14 percent of all homeless adults are veterans.