Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Should Disabled Veterans Be Eligible for Public Housing?

Simple answer HELL YA!
Reps push bill to make more disabled vets eligible for public housing
Wicked Local Weymouth
By Katie Lannan
State House News Service
Posted Jan. 27, 2016
"The entire purpose to set up public housing after World War II was to benefit our men and women who are returning home," said Rep. Alan Silvia, a Vietnam veteran and vice chair of the Joint Committee on Veterans and Federal Affairs. "Somehow, we've lost our way and we suddenly forget our veterans."
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WEYMOUTH Income thresholds for public housing applicants are set at a level that excludes some disabled veterans, lawmakers and veterans said Thursday as they discussed a bill seeking address that issue.

"The entire purpose to set up public housing after World War II was to benefit our men and women who are returning home," said Rep. Alan Silvia, a Vietnam veteran and vice chair of the Joint Committee on Veterans and Federal Affairs. "Somehow, we've lost our way and we suddenly forget our veterans."

The committee heard testimony from representatives of several veterans groups -- the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, the Marine Corps League and the Massachusetts Veterans Service Officers' Association -- in support of a bill that would exclude a certain amount of a disabled veteran's income in determining eligibility for public housing.

Silvia described the legislation, filed by fellow committee member Rep. Jim Arciero, as "incredibly perfect."
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