US (United States) Code. Title 38. Chapter 20: Benefits for homeless Veterans

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38 USC CHAPTER 20 - BENEFITS FOR HOMELESS VETERANS 01/06/03

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TITLE 38 - VETERANS' BENEFITS

PART II - GENERAL BENEFITS

CHAPTER 20 - BENEFITS FOR HOMELESS VETERANS

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CHAPTER 20 - BENEFITS FOR HOMELESS VETERANS

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SUBCHAPTER I - PURPOSE; DEFINITIONS; ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS

Sec.

2001. Purpose.

2002. Definitions.

2003. Staffing requirements.

SUBCHAPTER II - COMPREHENSIVE SERVICE PROGRAMS

2011. Grants.

2012. Per diem payments.

2013. Authorization of appropriations.

SUBCHAPTER III - TRAINING AND OUTREACH

2021. Homeless veterans reintegration programs.

2022. Coordination of outreach services for veterans at risk

of homelessness.

2023. Demonstration program of referral and counseling for

veterans transitioning from certain institutions who

are at risk for homelessness.

SUBCHAPTER IV - TREATMENT AND REHABILITATION FOR SERIOUSLY MENTALLY

ILL AND HOMELESS VETERANS

2031. General treatment.

2032. Therapeutic housing.

2033. Additional services at certain locations.

2034. Coordination with other agencies and organizations.

SUBCHAPTER V - HOUSING ASSISTANCE

2041. Housing assistance for homeless veterans.

2042. Supported housing for veterans participating in

compensated work therapies.

2043. Domiciliary care programs.

SUBCHAPTER VI - LOAN GUARANTEE FOR MULTIFAMILY TRANSITIONAL HOUSING

2051. General authority.

2052. Requirements.

2053. Default.

2054. Audit.

SUBCHAPTER VII - OTHER PROVISIONS

2061. Grant program for homeless veterans with special

needs.

2062. Dental care.

2063. Employment assistance.

2064. Technical assistance grants for nonprofit

community-based groups.

2065. Annual report on assistance to homeless veterans.

2066. Advisory Committee on Homeless Veterans.

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CHAPTER REFERRED TO IN OTHER SECTIONS

This chapter is referred to in section 8162 of this title.

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38 USC SUBCHAPTER I - PURPOSE; DEFINITIONS;

ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS 01/06/03

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TITLE 38 - VETERANS' BENEFITS

PART II - GENERAL BENEFITS

CHAPTER 20 - BENEFITS FOR HOMELESS VETERANS

SUBCHAPTER I - PURPOSE; DEFINITIONS; ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS

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SUBCHAPTER I - PURPOSE; DEFINITIONS; ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS

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38 USC Sec. 2001 01/06/03

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TITLE 38 - VETERANS' BENEFITS

PART II - GENERAL BENEFITS

CHAPTER 20 - BENEFITS FOR HOMELESS VETERANS

SUBCHAPTER I - PURPOSE; DEFINITIONS; ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS

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Sec. 2001. Purpose

-STATUTE-

The purpose of this chapter is to provide for the special needs

of homeless veterans.

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(Added Pub. L. 107-95, Sec. 5(a)(1), Dec. 21, 2001, 115 Stat. 905.)

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PRIOR PROVISIONS

A prior section 2001 was renumbered section 4101 of this title.

Another prior section 2001, Pub. L. 85-857, Sept. 2, 1958, 72

Stat. 1217, related to compensation for veterans under agreements

with States, prior to repeal by section 1(a) of Pub. L. 87-675.

DEFINITIONS IN PUB. L. 107-95

Pub. L. 107-95, Sec. 2, Dec. 21, 2001, 115 Stat. 903, provided

that: "For purposes of this Act [see Short Title of 2001 Amendments

note set out under section 101 of this title]:

"(1) The term 'homeless veteran' has the meaning given such

term in section 2002 of title 38, United States Code, as added by

section 5(a)(1).

"(2) The term 'grant and per diem provider' means an entity in

receipt of a grant under section 2011 or 2012 of title 38, United

States Code, as so added."

NATIONAL GOAL TO END HOMELESSNESS AMONG VETERANS

Pub. L. 107-95, Sec. 3, Dec. 21, 2001, 115 Stat. 903, provided

that:

"(a) National Goal. - Congress hereby declares it to be a

national goal to end chronic homelessness among veterans within a

decade of the enactment of this Act [Dec. 21, 2001].

"(b) Cooperative Efforts Encouraged. - Congress hereby encourages

all departments and agencies of Federal, State, and local

governments, quasi-governmental organizations, private and public

sector entities, including community-based organizations,

faith-based organizations, and individuals to work cooperatively to

end chronic homelessness among veterans within a decade."

SENSE OF THE CONGRESS REGARDING THE NEEDS OF HOMELESS VETERANS AND

THE RESPONSIBILITY OF FEDERAL AGENCIES

Pub. L. 107-95, Sec. 4, Dec. 21, 2001, 115 Stat. 904, provided

that: "It is the sense of the Congress that -

"(1) homelessness is a significant problem in the veterans

community and veterans are disproportionately represented among

homeless men;

"(2) while many effective programs assist homeless veterans to

again become productive and self-sufficient members of society,

current resources provided to such programs and other activities

that assist homeless veterans are inadequate to provide all

needed essential services, assistance, and support to homeless

veterans;

"(3) the most effective programs for the assistance of homeless

veterans should be identified and expanded;

"(4) federally funded programs for homeless veterans should be

held accountable for achieving clearly defined results;

"(5) Federal efforts to assist homeless veterans should include

prevention of homelessness; and

"(6) Federal agencies, particularly the Department of Veterans

Affairs, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the

Department of Labor, should cooperate more fully to address the

problem of homelessness among veterans."

EVALUATION CENTERS FOR HOMELESS VETERANS PROGRAMS

Pub. L. 107-95, Sec. 6(a), Dec. 21, 2001, 115 Stat. 919, provided

that: "The Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall support the

continuation within the Department of Veterans Affairs of at least

one center for evaluation to monitor the structure, process, and

outcome of programs of the Department of Veterans Affairs that

address homeless veterans."

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38 USC Sec. 2002 01/06/03

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TITLE 38 - VETERANS' BENEFITS

PART II - GENERAL BENEFITS

CHAPTER 20 - BENEFITS FOR HOMELESS VETERANS

SUBCHAPTER I - PURPOSE; DEFINITIONS; ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS

-HEAD-

Sec. 2002. Definitions

-STATUTE-

In this chapter:

(1) The term "homeless veteran" means a veteran who is homeless

(as that term is defined in section 103(a) of the McKinney-Vento

Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 11302(a)).(!1)

(2) The term "grant and per diem provider" means an entity in

receipt of a grant under section 2011 or 2012 of this title.

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(Added Pub. L. 107-95, Sec. 5(a)(1), Dec. 21, 2001, 115 Stat. 905.)

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PRIOR PROVISIONS

A prior section 2002 was renumbered section 4102 of this title.

Another prior section 2002, Pub. L. 85-857, Sept. 2, 1958, 72

Stat. 1217, related to compensation for veterans in absence of

agreements with States, prior to repeal by section 1(a) of Pub. L.

87-675.

A prior section 2002A was renumbered section 4102A of this title.

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(!1) So in original. There probably should be an additional

closing parenthesis.

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38 USC Sec. 2003 01/06/03

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TITLE 38 - VETERANS' BENEFITS

PART II - GENERAL BENEFITS

CHAPTER 20 - BENEFITS FOR HOMELESS VETERANS

SUBCHAPTER I - PURPOSE; DEFINITIONS; ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS

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Sec. 2003. Staffing requirements

-STATUTE-

(a) VBA Staffing at Regional Offices. - The Secretary shall

ensure that there is at least one full-time employee assigned to

oversee and coordinate homeless veterans programs at each of the 20

Veterans Benefits Administration regional offices that the

Secretary determines have the largest homeless veteran populations

within the regions of the Administration. The programs covered by

such oversight and coordination include the following:

(1) Housing programs administered by the Secretary under this

title or any other provision of law.

(2) Compensation, pension, vocational rehabilitation, and

education benefits programs administered by the Secretary under

this title or any other provision of law.

(3) The housing program for veterans supported by the

Department of Housing and Urban Development.

(4) The homeless veterans reintegration program of the

Department of Labor under section 2021 of this title.

(5) The programs under section 2033 of this title.

(6) The assessments required by section 2034 of this title.

(7) Such other programs relating to homeless veterans as may be

specified by the Secretary.

(b) VHA Case Managers. - The Secretary shall ensure that the

number of case managers in the Veterans Health Administration is

sufficient to assure that every veteran who is provided a housing

voucher through section 8(o) of the United States Housing Act of

1937 (42 U.S.C. 1437f(o)) is assigned to, and is seen as needed by,

a case manager.

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(Added Pub. L. 107-95, Sec. 5(a)(1), Dec. 21, 2001, 115 Stat. 905.)

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PRIOR PROVISIONS

A prior section 2003 was renumbered section 4103 of this title.

Another prior section 2003, Pub. L. 85-857, Sept. 2, 1958, 72

Stat. 1218, related to payments to the States equal to payments

made by them in accordance with an agreement under chapter 41 of

this title, prior to repeal by section 1(a) of Pub. L. 87-675.

Prior sections 2003A and 2004 were renumbered sections 4103A and

4104 of this title, respectively.

Another prior section 2004, Pub. L. 85-857, Sept. 2, 1958, 72

Stat. 1219, related to information necessary to determine a

veteran's entitlement to compensation and which all Federal

departments and agencies were required to make available to State

agencies or to the Secretary, prior to repeal by section 1(a) of

Pub. L. 87-675.

Prior sections 2004A and 2005 were renumbered sections 4104A and

4105 of this title, respectively.

Another prior section 2005, Pub. L. 85-837, Sept. 2, 1958, 72

Stat. 1219, related to penalties for making false statements or

representations, or for knowledgeable failure to disclose material

facts in order to obtain or increase payments under chapter 41 of

this title, prior to repeal by section 1(a) of Pub. L. 87-675.

Prior section 2006 was renumbered section 4106 of this title.

Another prior section 2006, Pub. L. 85-857, Sept. 2, 1958, 72

Stat. 1219, authorized the Secretary to make rules and regulations

necessary to carry out the provisions of chapter 41 of this title,

and required him to consult with representatives of the State

unemployment compensation agencies before prescribing any rules

which could affect the performance of such agencies, prior to

repeal by Pub. L. 87-675, Sec. 1(a), Sept. 19, 1962, 76 Stat. 558.

Prior section 2007 was renumbered section 4107 of this title.

Another prior section 2007, Pub. L. 85-857, Sept. 2, 1958, 72

Stat. 1220; Pub. L. 86-70, Sec. 29(b), June 25, 1959, 73 Stat. 148;

Pub. L. 86-624, Sec. 25(c), July 12, 1960, 74 Stat. 418, defined

"Korean conflict veterans", "unemployment compensation", and

"State", prior to repeal by Pub. L. 87-675, Sec. 1(a), Sept. 19,

1962, 76 Stat. 558.

Prior section 2008 was renumbered section 4108 of this title.

Another prior section 2008, Pub. L. 85-857, Sept. 2, 1958, 72

Stat. 1220, enumerated provisions which forbade duplication of

benefits, prior to repeal by Pub. L. 87-675, Sec. 1(a), Sept. 19,

1962, 76 Stat. 558.

Prior section 2009 was renumbered section 4109 of this title.

Another prior section 2009, Pub. L. 85-857, Sept. 2, 1958, 72

Stat. 1221, provided termination dates for the payment of benefits

under chapter 41 of this title, prior to repeal by Pub. L. 87-675,

Sec. 1(a), Sept. 19, 1962, 76 Stat. 558.

Prior section 2010 was renumbered section 4110 of this title.

Another prior section 2010 was renumbered section 4101 of this

title.

Prior section 2010A was renumbered section 4110A of this title.

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38 USC SUBCHAPTER II - COMPREHENSIVE SERVICE PROGRAMS 01/06/03

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TITLE 38 - VETERANS' BENEFITS

PART II - GENERAL BENEFITS

CHAPTER 20 - BENEFITS FOR HOMELESS VETERANS

SUBCHAPTER II - COMPREHENSIVE SERVICE PROGRAMS

-HEAD-

SUBCHAPTER II - COMPREHENSIVE SERVICE PROGRAMS

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SUBCHAPTER REFERRED TO IN OTHER SECTIONS

This subchapter is referred to in sections 2042, 2065 of this

title.

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38 USC Sec. 2011 01/06/03

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TITLE 38 - VETERANS' BENEFITS

PART II - GENERAL BENEFITS

CHAPTER 20 - BENEFITS FOR HOMELESS VETERANS

SUBCHAPTER II - COMPREHENSIVE SERVICE PROGRAMS

-HEAD-

Sec. 2011. Grants

-STATUTE-

(a) Authority To Make Grants. - (1) Subject to the availability

of appropriations provided for such purpose, the Secretary shall

make grants to assist eligible entities in establishing programs to

furnish, and expanding or modifying existing programs for

furnishing, the following to homeless veterans:

(A) Outreach.

(B) Rehabilitative services.

(C) Vocational counseling and training (!1)

(D) Transitional housing assistance.

(2) The authority of the Secretary to make grants under this

section expires on September 30, 2005.

(b) Criteria for Grants. - The Secretary shall establish criteria

and requirements for grants under this section, including criteria

for entities eligible to receive grants, and shall publish such

criteria and requirements in the Federal Register. The criteria

established under this subsection shall include the following:

(1) Specification as to the kinds of projects for which grants

are available, which shall include -

(A) expansion, remodeling, or alteration of existing

buildings, or acquisition of facilities, for use as service

centers, transitional housing, or other facilities to serve

homeless veterans; and

(B) procurement of vans for use in outreach to and

transportation for homeless veterans for purposes of a program

referred to in subsection (a).

(2) Specification as to the number of projects for which grants

are available.

(3) Criteria for staffing for the provision of services under a

project for which grants are made.

(4) Provisions to ensure that grants under this section -

(A) shall not result in duplication of ongoing services; and

(B) to the maximum extent practicable, shall reflect

appropriate geographic dispersion and an appropriate balance

between urban and other locations.

(5) Provisions to ensure that an entity receiving a grant shall

meet fire and safety requirements established by the Secretary,

which shall include -

(A) such State and local requirements that may apply; and

(B) fire and safety requirements applicable under the Life

Safety Code of the National Fire Protection Association or such

other comparable fire and safety requirements as the Secretary

may specify.

(6) Specification as to the means by which an entity receiving

a grant may contribute in-kind services to the start-up costs of

a project for which a grant is sought and the methodology for

assigning a cost to that contribution for purposes of subsection

(c).

(c) Funding Limitations. - A grant under this section may not be

used to support operational costs. The amount of a grant under this

section may not exceed 65 percent of the estimated cost of the

project concerned.

(d) Eligible Entities. - The Secretary may make a grant under

this section to an entity applying for such a grant only if the

applicant for the grant -

(1) is a public or nonprofit private entity with the capacity

(as determined by the Secretary) to effectively administer a

grant under this section;

(2) demonstrates that adequate financial support will be

available to carry out the project for which the grant is sought

consistent with the plans, specifications, and schedule submitted

by the applicant; and

(3) agrees to meet the applicable criteria and requirements

established under subsections (b) and (g) and has, as determined

by the Secretary, the capacity to meet such criteria and

requirements.

(e) Application Requirement. - An entity seeking a grant for a

project under this section shall submit to the Secretary an

application for the grant. The application shall set forth the

following:

(1) The amount of the grant sought for the project.

(2) A description of the site for the project.

(3) Plans, specifications, and the schedule for implementation

of the project in accordance with criteria and requirements

prescribed by the Secretary under subsection (b).

(4) Reasonable assurance that upon completion of the work for

which the grant is sought, the project will become operational

and the facilities will be used principally to provide to

veterans the services for which the project was designed, and

that not more than 25 percent of the services provided under the

project will be provided to individuals who are not veterans.

(f) Program Requirements. - The Secretary may not make a grant

for a project to an applicant under this section unless the

applicant in the application for the grant agrees to each of the

following requirements:

(1) To provide the services for which the grant is made at

locations accessible to homeless veterans.

(2) To maintain referral networks for homeless veterans for

establishing eligibility for assistance and obtaining services,

under available entitlement and assistance programs, and to aid

such veterans in establishing eligibility for and obtaining such

services.

(3) To ensure the confidentiality of records maintained on

homeless veterans receiving services through the project.

(4) To establish such procedures for fiscal control and fund

accounting as may be necessary to ensure proper disbursement and

accounting with respect to the grant and to such payments as may

be made under section 2012 of this title.

(5) To seek to employ homeless veterans and formerly homeless

veterans in positions created for purposes of the grant for which

those veterans are qualified.

(g) Service Center Requirements. - In addition to criteria and

requirements established under subsection (b), in the case of an

application for a grant under this section for a service center for

homeless veterans, the Secretary shall require each of the

following:

(1) That such center provide services to homeless veterans

during such hours as the Secretary may specify and be open to

such veterans on an as-needed, unscheduled basis.

(2) That space at such center be made available, as mutually

agreeable, for use by staff of the Department of Veterans

Affairs, the Department of Labor, and other appropriate agencies

and organizations in assisting homeless veterans served by such

center.

(3) That such center be equipped and staffed to provide or to

assist in providing health care, mental health services, hygiene

facilities, benefits and employment counseling, meals,

transportation assistance, and such other services as the

Secretary determines necessary.

(4) That such center be equipped and staffed to provide, or to

assist in providing, job training, counseling, and placement

services (including job readiness and literacy and skills

training), as well as any outreach and case management services

that may be necessary to carry out this paragraph.

(h) Recovery of Unused Grant Funds. - (1) If a grant recipient

under this section does not establish a program in accordance with

this section or ceases to furnish services under such a program for

which the grant was made, the United States shall be entitled to

recover from such recipient the total of all unused grant amounts

made under this section to such recipient in connection with such

program.

(2) Any amount recovered by the United States under paragraph (1)

may be obligated by the Secretary without fiscal year limitation to

carry out provisions of this subchapter.

(3) An amount may not be recovered under paragraph (1) as an

unused grant amount before the end of the three-year period

beginning on the date on which the grant is made.

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(Added Pub. L. 107-95, Sec. 5(a)(1), Dec. 21, 2001, 115 Stat. 906.)

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PRIOR PROVISIONS

A prior section 2011 was renumbered section 4211 of this title.

Another prior section 2011 was renumbered section 4102 of this

title.

-SECREF-

SECTION REFERRED TO IN OTHER SECTIONS

This section is referred to in sections 2002, 2012, 2065 of this

title.

-FOOTNOTE-

(!1) So in original. Probably should be followed by a period.

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38 USC Sec. 2012 01/06/03

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TITLE 38 - VETERANS' BENEFITS

PART II - GENERAL BENEFITS

CHAPTER 20 - BENEFITS FOR HOMELESS VETERANS

SUBCHAPTER II - COMPREHENSIVE SERVICE PROGRAMS

-HEAD-

Sec. 2012. Per diem payments

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(a) Per Diem Payments for Furnishing Services to Homeless

Veterans. - (1) Subject to the availability of appropriations

provided for such purpose, the Secretary, pursuant to such criteria

as the Secretary shall prescribe, shall provide to a recipient of a

grant under section 2011 of this title (or an entity eligible to

receive a grant under that section which after November 10, 1992,

establishes a program that the Secretary determines carries out the

purposes described in that section) per diem payments for services

furnished to any homeless veteran -

(A) whom the Secretary has referred to the grant recipient (or

entity eligible for such a grant); or

(B) for whom the Secretary has authorized the provision of

services.

(2)(A) The rate for such per diem payments shall be the daily

cost of care estimated by the grant recipient or eligible entity

adjusted by the Secretary under subparagraph (B). In no case may

the rate determined under this paragraph exceed the rate authorized

for State homes for domiciliary care under subsection (a)(1)(A) of

section 1741 of this title, as the Secretary may increase from time

to time under subsection (c) of that section.

(B) The Secretary shall adjust the rate estimated by the grant

recipient or eligible entity under subparagraph (A) to exclude

other sources of income described in subparagraph (D) that the

grant recipient or eligible entity certifies to be correct.

(C) Each grant recipient or eligible entity shall provide to the

Secretary such information with respect to other sources of income

as the Secretary may require to make the adjustment under

subparagraph (B).

(D) The other sources of income referred to in subparagraphs (B)

and (C) are payments to the grant recipient or eligible entity for

furnishing services to homeless veterans under programs other than

under this subchapter, including payments and grants from other

departments and agencies of the United States, from departments or

agencies of State or local government, and from private entities or

organizations.

(3) In a case in which the Secretary has authorized the provision

of services, per diem payments under paragraph (1) may be paid

retroactively for services provided not more than three days before

the authorization was provided.

(b) Inspections. - The Secretary may inspect any facility of a

grant recipient or entity eligible for payments under subsection

(a) at such times as the Secretary considers necessary. No per diem

payment may be provided to a grant recipient or eligible entity

under this section unless the facilities of the grant recipient or

eligible entity meet such standards as the Secretary shall

prescribe.

(c) Life Safety Code. - (1) Except as provided in paragraph (2),

a per diem payment may not be provided under this section to a

grant recipient or eligible entity unless the facilities of the

grant recipient or eligible entity, as the case may be, meet

applicable fire and safety requirements under the Life Safety Code

of the National Fire Protection Association or such other

comparable fire and safety requirements as the Secretary may

specify.

(2) During the five-year period beginning on the date of the

enactment of this section, paragraph (1) shall not apply to an

entity that received a grant under section 3 of the Homeless

Veterans Comprehensive Service Programs Act of 1992 (Public Law

102-590; 38 U.S.C. 7721 note) before that date if the entity meets

fire and safety requirements established by the Secretary.

(3) From amounts available for purposes of this section, not less

than $5,000,000 shall be used only for grants to assist entities

covered by paragraph (2) in meeting the Life Safety Code of the

National Fire Protection Association or such other comparable fire

and safety requirements as the Secretary may specify.

-SOURCE-

(Added Pub. L. 107-95, Sec. 5(a)(1), Dec. 21, 2001, 115 Stat. 908.)

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REFERENCES IN TEXT

The date of the enactment of this section, referred to in subsec.

(c)(2), is the date of enactment of Pub. L. 107-95, which was

approved Dec. 21, 2001.

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PRIOR PROVISIONS

A prior section 2012 was renumbered section 4212 of this title.

Another prior section 2012 was renumbered section 4103 of this

title.

-SECREF-

SECTION REFERRED TO IN OTHER SECTIONS

This section is referred to in sections 2002, 2011 of this title.

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38 USC Sec. 2013 01/06/03

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TITLE 38 - VETERANS' BENEFITS

PART II - GENERAL BENEFITS

CHAPTER 20 - BENEFITS FOR HOMELESS VETERANS

SUBCHAPTER II - COMPREHENSIVE SERVICE PROGRAMS

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Sec. 2013. Authorization of appropriations

-STATUTE-

There are authorized to be appropriated to carry out this

subchapter amounts as follows:

(1) $60,000,000 for fiscal year 2002.

(2) $75,000,000 for fiscal year 2003.

(3) $75,000,000 for fiscal year 2004.

(4) $75,000,000 for fiscal year 2005.

-SOURCE-

(Added Pub. L. 107-95, Sec. 5(a)(1), Dec. 21, 2001, 115 Stat. 909.)

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PRIOR PROVISIONS

A prior section 2013 was renumbered section 4213 of this title.

Another prior section 2013 was renumbered section 4104 of this

title.

A prior section 2014 was renumbered section 4214 of this title.

Another prior section 2014 was renumbered section 4105 of this

title.

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38 USC SUBCHAPTER III - TRAINING AND OUTREACH 01/06/03

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TITLE 38 - VETERANS' BENEFITS

PART II - GENERAL BENEFITS

CHAPTER 20 - BENEFITS FOR HOMELESS VETERANS

SUBCHAPTER III - TRAINING AND OUTREACH

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SUBCHAPTER III - TRAINING AND OUTREACH

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38 USC Sec. 2021 01/06/03

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TITLE 38 - VETERANS' BENEFITS

PART II - GENERAL BENEFITS

CHAPTER 20 - BENEFITS FOR HOMELESS VETERANS

SUBCHAPTER III - TRAINING AND OUTREACH

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Sec. 2021. Homeless veterans reintegration programs

-STATUTE-

(a) In General. - Subject to the availability of appropriations

provided for such purpose, the Secretary of Labor shall conduct,

directly or through grant or contract, such programs as the

Secretary determines appropriate to provide job training,

counseling, and placement services (including job readiness and

literacy and skills training) to expedite the reintegration of

homeless veterans into the labor force.

(b) Requirement To Monitor Expenditures of Funds. - (1) The

Secretary of Labor shall collect such information as that Secretary

considers appropriate to monitor and evaluate the distribution and

expenditure of funds appropriated to carry out this section. The

information shall include data with respect to the results or

outcomes of the services provided to each homeless veteran under

this section.

(2) Information under paragraph (1) shall be furnished in such

form and manner as the Secretary of Labor may specify.

(c) Administration Through the Assistant Secretary of Labor for

Veterans' Employment and Training. - The Secretary of Labor shall

carry out this section through the Assistant Secretary of Labor for

Veterans' Employment and Training.

(d) Biennial Report to Congress. - Not less than every two years,

the Secretary of Labor shall submit to Congress a report on the

programs conducted under this section. The Secretary of Labor shall

include in the report an evaluation of services furnished to

veterans under this section and an analysis of the information

collected under subsection (b).

(e) Authorization of Appropriations. - (1) There are authorized

to be appropriated to carry out this section amounts as follows:

(A) $50,000,000 for fiscal year 2002.

(B) $50,000,000 for fiscal year 2003.

(C) $50,000,000 for fiscal year 2004.

(D) $50,000,000 for fiscal year 2005.

(E) $50,000,000 for fiscal year 2006.

(2) Funds appropriated to carry out this section shall remain

available until expended. Funds obligated in any fiscal year to

carry out this section may be expended in that fiscal year and the

succeeding fiscal year.

-SOURCE-

(Added Pub. L. 107-95, Sec. 5(a)(1), Dec. 21, 2001, 115 Stat. 909.)

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PRIOR PROVISIONS

A prior section 2021 was renumbered section 4301 of this title

and subsequently omitted in the general amendment of chapter 43 of

this title by Pub. L. 103-353, Sec. 2(a), Oct. 13, 1994, 108 Stat.

3150.

-SECREF-

SECTION REFERRED TO IN OTHER SECTIONS

This section is referred to in section 2003 of this title.

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38 USC Sec. 2022 01/06/03

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TITLE 38 - VETERANS' BENEFITS

PART II - GENERAL BENEFITS

CHAPTER 20 - BENEFITS FOR HOMELESS VETERANS

SUBCHAPTER III - TRAINING AND OUTREACH

-HEAD-

Sec. 2022. Coordination of outreach services for veterans at risk

of homelessness

-STATUTE-

(a) Outreach Plan. - The Secretary, acting through the Under

Secretary for Health, shall provide for appropriate officials of

the Mental Health Service and the Readjustment Counseling Service

of the Veterans Health Administration to develop a coordinated plan

for joint outreach by the two Services to veterans at risk of

homelessness, including particularly veterans who are being

discharged or released from institutions after inpatient

psychiatric care, substance abuse treatment, or imprisonment.

(b) Matters To Be Included. - The outreach plan under subsection

(a) shall include the following:

(1) Strategies to identify and collaborate with non-Department

entities used by veterans who have not traditionally used

Department services to further outreach efforts.

(2) Strategies to ensure that mentoring programs, recovery

support groups, and other appropriate support networks are

optimally available to veterans.

(3) Appropriate programs or referrals to family support

programs.

(4) Means to increase access to case management services.

(5) Plans for making additional employment services accessible

to veterans.

(6) Appropriate referral sources for mental health and

substance abuse services.

(c) Cooperative Relationships. - The outreach plan under

subsection (a) shall identify strategies for the Department to

enter into formal cooperative relationships with entities outside

the Department to facilitate making services and resources

optimally available to veterans.

(d) Review of Plan. - The Secretary shall submit the outreach

plan under subsection (a) to the Advisory Committee on Homeless

Veterans for its review and consultation.

(e) Outreach Program. - (1) The Secretary shall carry out an

outreach program to provide information to homeless veterans and

veterans at risk of homelessness. The program shall include at a

minimum -

(A) provision of information about benefits available to

eligible veterans from the Department; and

(B) contact information for local Department facilities,

including medical facilities, regional offices, and veterans

centers.

(2) In developing and carrying out the program under paragraph

(1), the Secretary shall, to the extent practicable, consult with

appropriate public and private organizations, including the Bureau

of Prisons, State social service agencies, the Department of

Defense, and mental health, veterans, and homeless advocates -

(A) for assistance in identifying and contacting veterans who

are homeless or at risk of homelessness;

(B) to coordinate appropriate outreach activities with those

organizations; and

(C) to coordinate services provided to veterans with services

provided by those organizations.

(f) Reports. - (1) Not later than October 1, 2002, the Secretary

shall submit to the Committees on Veterans' Affairs of the Senate

and House of Representatives an initial report that contains an

evaluation of outreach activities carried out by the Secretary with

respect to homeless veterans, including outreach regarding clinical

issues and other benefits administered under this title. The

Secretary shall conduct the evaluation in consultation with the

Under Secretary for Benefits, the Department of Veterans Affairs

central office official responsible for the administration of the

Readjustment Counseling Service, the Director of Homeless Veterans

Programs, and the Department of Veterans Affairs central office

official responsible for the administration of the Mental Health

Strategic Health Care Group.

(2) Not later than December 31, 2005, the Secretary shall submit

to the committees referred to in paragraph (1) an interim report on

outreach activities carried out by the Secretary with respect to

homeless veterans. The report shall include the following:

(A) The Secretary's outreach plan under subsection (a),

including goals and time lines for implementation of the plan for

particular facilities and service networks.

(B) A description of the implementation and operation of the

outreach program under subsection (e).

(C) A description of the implementation and operation of the

demonstration program under section 2023 of this title.

(3) Not later than July 1, 2007, the Secretary shall submit to

the committees referred to in paragraph (1) a final report on

outreach activities carried out by the Secretary with respect to

homeless veterans. The report shall include the following:

(A) An evaluation of the effectiveness of the outreach plan

under subsection (a).

(B) An evaluation of the effectiveness of the outreach program

under subsection (e).

(C) An evaluation of the effectiveness of the demonstration

program under section 2023 of this title.

(D) Recommendations, if any, regarding an extension or

modification of such outreach plan, such outreach program, and

such demonstration program.

-SOURCE-

(Added Pub. L. 107-95, Sec. 5(a)(1), Dec. 21, 2001, 115 Stat. 910.)

-MISC1-

PRIOR PROVISIONS

A prior section 2022 was renumbered section 4302 of this title

and subsequently omitted in the general amendment of chapter 43 of

this title by Pub. L. 103-353, Sec. 2(a), Oct. 13, 1994, 108 Stat.

3150.

-End-

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38 USC Sec. 2023 01/06/03

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TITLE 38 - VETERANS' BENEFITS

PART II - GENERAL BENEFITS

CHAPTER 20 - BENEFITS FOR HOMELESS VETERANS

SUBCHAPTER III - TRAINING AND OUTREACH

-HEAD-

Sec. 2023. Demonstration program of referral and counseling for

veterans transitioning from certain institutions who are at risk

for homelessness

-STATUTE-

(a) Program Authority. - The Secretary and the Secretary of Labor

(hereinafter in this section referred to as the "Secretaries")

shall carry out a demonstration program for the purpose of

determining the costs and benefits of providing referral and

counseling services to eligible veterans with respect to benefits

and services available to such veterans under this title and under

State law.

(b) Location of Demonstration Program. - The demonstration

program shall be carried out in at least six locations. One

location shall be a penal institution under the jurisdiction of the

Bureau of Prisons.

(c) Scope of Program. - (1) To the extent practicable, the

demonstration program shall provide both referral and counseling

services, and in the case of counseling services, shall include

counseling with respect to job training and placement (including

job readiness), housing, health care, and other benefits to assist

the eligible veteran in the transition from institutional living.

(2)(A) To the extent that referral or counseling services are

provided at a location under the program, referral services shall

be provided in person during such period of time that the

Secretaries may specify that precedes the date of release or

discharge of the eligible veteran, and counseling services shall be

furnished after such date.

(B) The Secretaries may, as part of the program, furnish to

officials of penal institutions outreach information with respect

to referral and counseling services for presentation to veterans in

the custody of such officials during the 18-month period that

precedes such date of release or discharge.

(3) The Secretaries may enter into contracts to carry out the

referral and counseling services required under the program with

entities or organizations that meet such requirements as the

Secretaries may establish.

(4) In developing the program, the Secretaries shall consult with

officials of the Bureau of Prisons, officials of penal institutions

of States and political subdivisions of States, and such other

officials as the Secretaries determine appropriate.

(d) Duration. - The authority of the Secretaries to provide

referral and counseling services under the demonstration program

shall cease on the date that is four years after the date of the

commencement of the program.

(e) Definition. - In this section, the term "eligible veteran"

means a veteran who -

(1) is a resident of a penal institution or an institution that

provides long-term care for mental illness; and

(2) is at risk for homelessness absent referral and counseling

services provided under the demonstration program (as determined

under guidelines established by the Secretaries).

-SOURCE-

(Added Pub. L. 107-95, Sec. 5(a)(1), Dec. 21, 2001, 115 Stat. 912.)

-MISC1-

PRIOR PROVISIONS

Prior sections 2023 to 2027 were renumbered sections 4303 to 4307

of this title, respectively, and subsequently omitted in the

general amendment of chapter 43 of this title by Pub. L. 103-353,

Sec. 2(a), Oct. 13, 1994, 108 Stat. 3150.

-SECREF-

SECTION REFERRED TO IN OTHER SECTIONS

This section is referred to in section 2022 of this title.

-End-

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38 USC SUBCHAPTER IV - TREATMENT AND REHABILITATION FOR

SERIOUSLY MENTALLY ILL AND HOMELESS VETERANS 01/06/03

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TITLE 38 - VETERANS' BENEFITS

PART II - GENERAL BENEFITS

CHAPTER 20 - BENEFITS FOR HOMELESS VETERANS

SUBCHAPTER IV - TREATMENT AND REHABILITATION FOR SERIOUSLY MENTALLY

ILL AND HOMELESS VETERANS

-HEAD-

SUBCHAPTER IV - TREATMENT AND REHABILITATION FOR SERIOUSLY MENTALLY

ILL AND HOMELESS VETERANS

-MISC1-

AMENDMENTS

2001 - Pub. L. 107-95, Sec. 5(b)(1), Dec. 21, 2001, 115 Stat.

918, redesignated subchapter VII of chapter 17 of this title as

this subchapter.

-End-

-CITE-

38 USC Sec. 2031 01/06/03

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TITLE 38 - VETERANS' BENEFITS

PART II - GENERAL BENEFITS

CHAPTER 20 - BENEFITS FOR HOMELESS VETERANS

SUBCHAPTER IV - TREATMENT AND REHABILITATION FOR SERIOUSLY MENTALLY

ILL AND HOMELESS VETERANS

-HEAD-

Sec. 2031. General treatment

-STATUTE-

(a) In providing care and services under section 1710 of this

title to veterans suffering from serious mental illness, including

veterans who are homeless, the Secretary may provide (directly or

in conjunction with a governmental or other entity) -

(1) outreach services;

(2) care, treatment, and rehabilitative services (directly or

by contract in community-based treatment facilities, including

halfway houses); and

(3) therapeutic transitional housing assistance under section

2032 of this title, in conjunction with work therapy under

subsection (a) or (b) of section 1718 of this title and

outpatient care.

(b) The authority of the Secretary under subsection (a) expires

on December 31, 2006.

-SOURCE-

(Added Pub. L. 105-114, title II, Sec. 202(a), Nov. 21, 1997, 111

Stat. 2284, Sec. 1771; renumbered Sec. 2031 and amended Pub. L.

107-95, Sec. 5(b), (f), Dec. 21, 2001, 115 Stat. 918.)

-MISC1-

AMENDMENTS

2001 - Pub. L. 107-95, Sec. 5(b)(1), renumbered section 1771 of

this title as this section.

Subsec. (a)(3). Pub. L. 107-95, Sec. 5(b)(2), substituted

"section 2032 of this title" for "section 1772 of this title".

Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 107-95, Sec. 5(f), substituted "December 31,

2006" for "December 31, 2001".

-End-

-CITE-

38 USC Sec. 2032 01/06/03

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TITLE 38 - VETERANS' BENEFITS

PART II - GENERAL BENEFITS

CHAPTER 20 - BENEFITS FOR HOMELESS VETERANS

SUBCHAPTER IV - TREATMENT AND REHABILITATION FOR SERIOUSLY MENTALLY

ILL AND HOMELESS VETERANS

-HEAD-

Sec. 2032. Therapeutic housing

-STATUTE-

(a) The Secretary, in connection with the conduct of compensated

work therapy programs, may operate residences and facilities as

therapeutic housing.

(b) The Secretary may use such procurement procedures for the

purchase, lease, or other acquisition of residential housing for

purposes of this section as the Secretary considers appropriate to

expedite the opening and operation of transitional housing and to

protect the interests of the United States.

(c) A residence or other facility may be operated as transitional

housing for veterans described in paragraphs (1) and (2) of section

1710(a) of this title under the following conditions:

(1) Only veterans described in those paragraphs and a house

manager may reside in the residence or facility.

(2) Each resident, other than the house manager, shall be

required to make payments that contribute to covering the

expenses of board and the operational costs of the residence or

facility for the period of residence in such housing.

(3) In order to foster the therapeutic and rehabilitative

objectives of such housing (A) residents shall be prohibited from

using alcohol or any controlled substance or item, (B) any

resident violating that prohibition may be expelled from the

residence or facility, and (C) each resident shall agree to

undergo drug testing or such other measures as the Secretary

shall prescribe to ensure compliance with that prohibition.

(4) In the establishment and operation of housing under this

section, the Secretary shall consult with appropriate

representatives of the community in which the housing is

established and shall comply with zoning requirements, building

permit requirements, and other similar requirements applicable to

other real property used for similar purposes in the community.

(5) The residence or facility shall meet State and community

fire and safety requirements applicable to other real property

used for similar purposes in the community in which the

transitional housing is located, but fire and safety requirements

applicable to buildings of the Federal Government shall not apply

to such property.

(d) The Secretary shall prescribe the qualifications for house

managers for transitional housing units operated under this

section. The Secretary may provide for free room and subsistence

for a house manager in addition to, or instead of payment of, a fee

for the services provided by the manager.

(e)(1) The Secretary may operate as transitional housing under

this section -

(A) any suitable residential property acquired by the Secretary

as the result of a default on a loan made, guaranteed, or insured

under chapter 37 of this title;

(B) any suitable space in a facility under the jurisdiction of

the Secretary that is no longer being used (i) to provide acute

hospital care, or (ii) as housing for medical center employees;

and

(C) any other suitable residential property purchased, leased,

or otherwise acquired by the Secretary.

(2) In the case of any property referred to in paragraph (1)(A),

the Secretary shall -

(A) transfer administrative jurisdiction over such property

within the Department from the Veterans Benefits Administration

to the Veterans Health Administration; and

(B) transfer from the General Post Fund to the Loan Guaranty

Revolving Fund under chapter 37 of this title an amount (not to

exceed the amount the Secretary paid for the property)

representing the amount the Secretary considers could be obtained

by sale of such property to a nonprofit organization or a State

for use as a shelter for homeless veterans.

(3) In the case of any residential property obtained by the

Secretary from the Department of Housing and Urban Development

under this section, the amount paid by the Secretary to that

Department for that property may not exceed the amount that the

Secretary of Housing and Urban Development would charge for the

sale of that property to a nonprofit organization or a State for

use as a shelter for homeless persons. Funds for such charge shall

be derived from the General Post Fund.

(f) The Secretary shall prescribe -

(1) a procedure for establishing reasonable payment rates for

persons residing in transitional housing; and

(2) appropriate limits on the period for which such persons may

reside in transitional housing.

(g) The Secretary may dispose of any property acquired for the

purpose of this section. The proceeds of any such disposal shall be

credited to the General Post Fund.

(h) Funds received by the Department under this section shall be

deposited in the General Post Fund. The Secretary may distribute

out of the fund such amounts as necessary for the acquisition,

management, maintenance, and disposition of real property for the

purpose of carrying out such program. The Secretary shall manage

the operation of this section so as to ensure that expenditures

under this subsection for any fiscal year shall not exceed by more

than $500,000 proceeds credited to the General Post Fund under this

section. The operation of the program and funds received shall be

separately accounted for, and shall be stated in the documents

accompanying the President's budget for each fiscal year.

-SOURCE-

(Added Pub. L. 105-114, title II, Sec. 202(a), Nov. 21, 1997, 111

Stat. 2284, Sec. 1772; renumbered Sec. 2032, Pub. L. 107-95, Sec.

5(b)(1), Dec. 21, 2001, 115 Stat. 918.)

-MISC1-

AMENDMENTS

2001 - Pub. L. 107-95 renumbered section 1772 of this title as

this section.

-SECREF-

SECTION REFERRED TO IN OTHER SECTIONS

This section is referred to in sections 2031, 2042, 2062 of this

title.

-End-

-CITE-

38 USC Sec. 2033 01/06/03

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TITLE 38 - VETERANS' BENEFITS

PART II - GENERAL BENEFITS

CHAPTER 20 - BENEFITS FOR HOMELESS VETERANS

SUBCHAPTER IV - TREATMENT AND REHABILITATION FOR SERIOUSLY MENTALLY

ILL AND HOMELESS VETERANS

-HEAD-

Sec. 2033. Additional services at certain locations

-STATUTE-

(a) Subject to the availability of appropriations, the Secretary

shall operate a program under this section to expand and improve

the provision of benefits and services by the Department to

homeless veterans.

(b) The program shall include the establishment of sites under

the jurisdiction of the Secretary to be centers for the provision

of comprehensive services to homeless veterans. The services to be

provided at each site shall include a comprehensive and coordinated

array of those specialized services which may be provided under

existing law. The Secretary shall carry out the program under this

section in sites in at least each of the 20 largest metropolitan

statistical areas.

(c) The program shall include the services of such employees of

the Veterans Benefits Administration as the Secretary determines

appropriate at sites under the jurisdiction of the Secretary at

which services are provided to homeless veterans.

(d) The program under this section shall terminate on December

31, 2006.

-SOURCE-

(Added Pub. L. 105-114, title II, Sec. 202(a), Nov. 21, 1997, 111

Stat. 2286, Sec. 1773; renumbered Sec. 2033 and amended Pub. L.

107-95, Secs. 5(b)(1), (f), 8(b), Dec. 21, 2001, 115 Stat. 918,

919.)

-MISC1-

AMENDMENTS

2001 - Pub. L. 107-95, Sec. 5(b)(1), renumbered section 1773 of

this title as this section.

Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 107-95, Sec. 8(b), struck out "not fewer

than eight programs (in addition to any existing programs providing

similar services) at" after "establishment of" and inserted at end

"The Secretary shall carry out the program under this section in

sites in at least each of the 20 largest metropolitan statistical

areas."

Subsec. (d). Pub. L. 107-95, Sec. 5(f), substituted "December 31,

2006" for "December 31, 2001".

-SECREF-

SECTION REFERRED TO IN OTHER SECTIONS

This section is referred to in section 2003 of this title.

-End-

-CITE-

38 USC Sec. 2034 01/06/03

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TITLE 38 - VETERANS' BENEFITS

PART II - GENERAL BENEFITS

CHAPTER 20 - BENEFITS FOR HOMELESS VETERANS

SUBCHAPTER IV - TREATMENT AND REHABILITATION FOR SERIOUSLY MENTALLY

ILL AND HOMELESS VETERANS

-HEAD-

Sec. 2034. Coordination with other agencies and organizations

-STATUTE-

(a) In assisting homeless veterans, the Secretary shall

coordinate with, and may provide services authorized under this

title in conjunction with, State and local governments, other

appropriate departments and agencies of the Federal Government, and

nongovernmental organizations.

(b)(1) The Secretary shall require the director of each medical

center or the director of each regional benefits office to make an

annual assessment of the needs of homeless veterans living within

the area served by the medical center or regional office, as the

case may be.

(2) Each such assessment shall be made in coordination with

representatives of State and local governments, other appropriate

departments and agencies of the Federal Government, and

nongovernmental organizations that have experience working with

homeless persons in that area.

(3) Each such assessment shall identify the needs of homeless

veterans with respect to the following:

(A) Health care.

(B) Education and training.

(C) Employment.

(D) Shelter.

(E) Counseling.

(F) Outreach services.

(4) Each assessment shall also indicate the extent to which the

needs referred to in paragraph (3) are being met adequately by the

programs of the Department, of other departments and agencies of

the Federal Government, of State and local governments, and of

nongovernmental organizations.

(5) Each assessment shall be carried out in accordance with

uniform procedures and guidelines prescribed by the Secretary.

(6) The Secretary shall review each annual assessment under this

subsection and shall consolidate the findings and conclusions of

each such assessment into the next annual report submitted to

Congress under section 2065 of this title.

(c) In furtherance of subsection (a), the Secretary shall require

the director of each medical center and the director of each

regional benefits office, in coordination with representatives of

State and local governments, other Federal officials, and

nongovernmental organizations that have experience working with

homeless persons in the areas served by such facility or office, to

-

(1) develop a list of all public and private programs that

provide assistance to homeless persons or homeless veterans in

the area concerned, together with a description of the services

offered by those programs;

(2) seek to encourage the development by the representatives of

such entities, in coordination with the director, of a plan to

coordinate among such public and private programs the provision

of services to homeless veterans;

(3) take appropriate action to meet, to the maximum extent

practicable through existing programs and available resources,

the needs of homeless veterans that are identified in the

assessment conducted under subsection (b); and

(4) attempt to inform homeless veterans whose needs the

director cannot meet under paragraph (3) of the services

available to such veterans within the area served by such center

or office.

-SOURCE-

(Added Pub. L. 105-114, title II, Sec. 202(a), Nov. 21, 1997, 111

Stat. 2286, Sec. 1774; renumbered Sec. 2034 and amended Pub. L.

107-95, Secs. 5(b)(1), 6(b), Dec. 21, 2001, 115 Stat. 918, 919.)

-MISC1-

AMENDMENTS

2001 - Pub. L. 107-95, Sec. 5(b)(1), renumbered section 1774 of

this title as this section.

Subsec. (b)(1). Pub. L. 107-95, Sec. 6(b)(1), inserted "annual"

after "to make an".

Subsec. (b)(6). Pub. L. 107-95, Sec. 6(b)(2), added par. (6).

-SECREF-

SECTION REFERRED TO IN OTHER SECTIONS

This section is referred to in sections 2003, 2065, 2066 of this

title.

-End-

-CITE-

38 USC SUBCHAPTER V - HOUSING ASSISTANCE 01/06/03

-EXPCITE-

TITLE 38 - VETERANS' BENEFITS

PART II - GENERAL BENEFITS

CHAPTER 20 - BENEFITS FOR HOMELESS VETERANS

SUBCHAPTER V - HOUSING ASSISTANCE

-HEAD-

SUBCHAPTER V - HOUSING ASSISTANCE

-End-

-CITE-

38 USC Sec. 2041 01/06/03

-EXPCITE-

TITLE 38 - VETERANS' BENEFITS

PART II - GENERAL BENEFITS

CHAPTER 20 - BENEFITS FOR HOMELESS VETERANS

SUBCHAPTER V - HOUSING ASSISTANCE

-HEAD-

Sec. 2041. Housing assistance for homeless veterans

-STATUTE-

(a)(1) To assist homeless veterans and their families in

acquiring shelter, the Secretary may enter into agreements

described in paragraph (2) with -

(A) nonprofit organizations, with preference being given to any

organization named in, or approved by the Secretary under,

section 5902 of this title; or

(B) any State or any political subdivision thereof.

(2) To carry out paragraph (1), the Secretary may enter into

agreements to sell, lease, lease with an option to purchase, or

donate real property, and improvements thereon, acquired by the

Secretary as the result of a default on a loan made, insured, or

guaranteed under this chapter. Such sale or lease or donation shall

be for such consideration as the Secretary determines is in the

best interests of homeless veterans and the Federal Government.

(3) The Secretary may enter into an agreement under paragraph (1)

of this subsection only if -

(A) the Secretary determines that such an action will not

adversely affect the ability of the Department -

(i) to fulfill its statutory missions with respect to the

Department loan guaranty program and the short- and long-term

solvency of the Veterans Housing Benefit Program Fund under

this chapter; (!1) or

(ii) to carry out other functions and administer other

programs authorized by law;

(B) the entity to which the property is sold, leased, or

donated agrees to -

(i) utilize the property solely as a shelter primarily for

homeless veterans and their families,

(ii) comply with all zoning laws relating to the property,

(iii) make no use of the property that is not compatible with

the area where the property is located, and

(iv) take such other actions as the Secretary determines are

necessary or appropriate in the best interests of homeless

veterans and the Federal Government; and

(C) the Secretary determines that there is no significant

likelihood of the property being sold for a price sufficient to

reduce the liability of the Department or the veteran who

defaulted on the loan.

(4) The term of any lease under this subsection may not exceed

three years.

(5) An approved entity that leases a property from the Secretary

under this section shall be responsible for the payment of any

taxes, utilities, liability insurance, and other maintenance

charges or similar charges that apply to the property.

(6) Any agreement, deed, or other instrument executed by the

Secretary under this subsection shall be on such terms and

conditions as the Secretary determines to be appropriate and

necessary to carry out the purpose of such agreement.

(b)(1) Subject to paragraphs (2) and (3), the Secretary may make

loans to organizations described in paragraph (1)(A) of subsection

(a) to finance the purchase of property by such organizations under

such subsection.

(2) In making a loan under this subsection, the Secretary -

(A) shall establish credit standards to be used for this

purpose;

(B) may, pursuant to section 3733(a)(6) of this title, provide

that the loan will bear interest at a rate below the rate that

prevails for similar loans in the market in which the loan is

made; and

(C) may waive the collection of a fee under section 3729 of

this title in any case in which the Secretary determines that

such a waiver would be appropriate.

(c) The Secretary may not enter into agreements under subsection

(a) after December 31, 2003.

-SOURCE-

(Added Pub. L. 102-54, Sec. 9(a), June 13, 1991, 105 Stat. 272,

Sec. 1835; renumbered Sec. 3735, Pub. L. 102-83, Sec. 5(a), Aug. 6,

1991, 105 Stat. 406; amended Pub. L. 102-590, Secs. 8, 9, Nov. 10,

1992, 106 Stat. 5140; Pub. L. 103-446, title XII, Sec. 1201(d)(13),

Nov. 2, 1994, 108 Stat. 4684; Pub. L. 104-110, title I, Sec.

101(h), Feb. 13, 1996, 110 Stat. 768; Pub. L. 105-114, title II,

Sec. 203(a), Nov. 21, 1997, 111 Stat. 2288; Pub. L. 105-368, title

VI, Sec. 602(e)(1)(G), Nov. 11, 1998, 112 Stat. 3347; Pub. L.

106-117, title IX, Sec. 902, Nov. 30, 1999, 113 Stat. 1587;

renumbered Sec. 2041, Pub. L. 107-95, Sec. 5(c), Dec. 21, 2001, 115

Stat. 918.)

-REFTEXT-

REFERENCES IN TEXT

The Veterans Housing Benefit Program Fund under this chapter,

referred to in subsec. (a)(3)(A)(i), probably means the Veterans

Housing Benefit Program Fund under chapter 37 of this title. This

section formerly appeared as section 3735 of this title. The

Veterans Housing Benefit Program Fund was established by section

3722 of this title.

-MISC1-

AMENDMENTS

2001 - Pub. L. 107-95 renumbered section 3735 of this title as

this section.

1999 - Subsec. (c). Pub. L. 106-117 substituted "December 31,

2003" for "December 31, 1999".

1998 - Subsec. (a)(3)(A)(i). Pub. L. 105-368 substituted

"Veterans Housing Benefit Program Fund" for "Loan Guaranty

Revolving Fund and the Guaranty and Indemnity Fund".

1997 - Subsec. (c). Pub. L. 105-114 substituted "December 31,

1999" for "December 31, 1997".

1996 - Subsec. (c). Pub. L. 104-110 substituted "December 31,

1997" for "December 31, 1995".

1994 - Subsec. (a)(1)(A). Pub. L. 103-446 substituted "section

5902" for "section 3402".

1992 - Subsec. (a)(2). Pub. L. 102-590, Sec. 8(a)(1), inserted ",

lease, lease with an option to purchase, or donate" after "sell"

and "or lease or donation" after "sale".

Subsec. (a)(3)(B). Pub. L. 102-590, Sec. 8(a)(2), inserted ",

leased, or donated" after "sold" in introductory provisions.

Subsec. (a)(4) to (6). Pub. L. 102-590, Sec. 8(a)(3), (4), added

pars. (4) and (5) and redesignated former par. (4) as (6).

Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 102-590, Sec. 9(a)(2), added subsec. (b).

Former subsec. (b) redesignated (c).

Pub. L. 102-590, Sec. 8(b), substituted "December 31, 1995" for

"September 30, 1993".

Subsec. (c). Pub. L. 102-590, Sec. 9(a)(1), redesignated subsec.

(b) as (c).

1991 - Pub. L. 102-83 renumbered section 1835 of this title as

this section.

EFFECTIVE DATE OF 1998 AMENDMENT

Amendment by Pub. L. 105-368 effective Oct. 1, 1998, see section

602(f) of Pub. L. 105-368, set out as a note under section 2106 of

this title.

RATIFICATION OF ACTIONS DURING PERIOD OF EXPIRED AUTHORITY

Any action taken by Secretary of Veterans Affairs before Feb. 13,

1996, under provision of law amended by title I of Pub. L. 104-110

that was taken during period beginning on date on which authority

of Secretary under such provision of law expired and ending on Feb.

13, 1996, considered to have same force and effect as if such

amendment had been in effect at time of that action, see section

103 of Pub. L. 104-110, set out as a note under section 1710 of

this title.

-FOOTNOTE-

(!1) See References in Text note below.

-End-

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38 USC Sec. 2042 01/06/03

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TITLE 38 - VETERANS' BENEFITS

PART II - GENERAL BENEFITS

CHAPTER 20 - BENEFITS FOR HOMELESS VETERANS

SUBCHAPTER V - HOUSING ASSISTANCE

-HEAD-

Sec. 2042. Supported housing for veterans participating in

compensated work therapies

-STATUTE-

The Secretary may authorize homeless veterans in the compensated

work therapy program to be provided housing through the therapeutic

residence program under section 2032 of this title or through grant

and per diem providers under subchapter II of this chapter.

-SOURCE-

(Added Pub. L. 107-95, Sec. 5(a)(1), Dec. 21, 2001, 115 Stat. 913.)

-End-

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38 USC Sec. 2043 01/06/03

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TITLE 38 - VETERANS' BENEFITS

PART II - GENERAL BENEFITS

CHAPTER 20 - BENEFITS FOR HOMELESS VETERANS

SUBCHAPTER V - HOUSING ASSISTANCE

-HEAD-

Sec. 2043. Domiciliary care programs

-STATUTE-

(a) Authority. - The Secretary may establish up to 10 programs

under section 1710(b) of this title (in addition to any program

that is established as of the date of the enactment of this

section) to provide domiciliary services under such section to

homeless veterans.

(b) Authorization of Appropriations. - There are authorized to be

appropriated to the Secretary $5,000,000 for each of fiscal years

2003 and 2004 to establish the programs referred to in subsection

(a).

-SOURCE-

(Added Pub. L. 107-95, Sec. 5(a)(1), Dec. 21, 2001, 115 Stat. 913.)

-REFTEXT-

REFERENCES IN TEXT

The date of the enactment of this section, referred to in subsec.

(a), is the date of enactment of Pub. L. 107-95, which was approved

Dec. 21, 2001.

-End-

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38 USC SUBCHAPTER VI - LOAN GUARANTEE FOR MULTIFAMILY

TRANSITIONAL HOUSING 01/06/03

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TITLE 38 - VETERANS' BENEFITS

PART II - GENERAL BENEFITS

CHAPTER 20 - BENEFITS FOR HOMELESS VETERANS

SUBCHAPTER VI - LOAN GUARANTEE FOR MULTIFAMILY TRANSITIONAL HOUSING

-HEAD-

SUBCHAPTER VI - LOAN GUARANTEE FOR MULTIFAMILY TRANSITIONAL HOUSING

-MISC1-

AMENDMENTS

2001 - Pub. L. 107-95, Sec. 5(d)(1), (2)(A), Dec. 21, 2001, 115

Stat. 918, redesignated subchapter VI of chapter 37 of this title

as this subchapter and struck out "FOR HOMELESS VETERANS" after

"HOUSING" in subchapter heading.

-End-

-CITE-

38 USC Sec. 2051 01/06/03

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TITLE 38 - VETERANS' BENEFITS

PART II - GENERAL BENEFITS

CHAPTER 20 - BENEFITS FOR HOMELESS VETERANS

SUBCHAPTER VI - LOAN GUARANTEE FOR MULTIFAMILY TRANSITIONAL HOUSING

-HEAD-

Sec. 2051. General authority

-STATUTE-

(a) The Secretary may guarantee the full or partial repayment of

a loan that meets the requirements of this subchapter.

(b)(1) Not more than 15 loans may be guaranteed under subsection

(a), of which not more than five such loans may be guaranteed

during the 3-year period beginning on the date of the enactment of

this subchapter.

(2) A guarantee of a loan under subsection (a) shall be in an

amount that is not less than the amount necessary to sell the loan

in a commercial market.

(3) Not more than an aggregate amount of $100,000,000 in loans

may be guaranteed under subsection (a).

(c) A loan may not be guaranteed under this subchapter unless,

before closing such loan, the Secretary has approved the loan.

(d)(1) The Secretary shall enter into contracts with a qualified

nonprofit organization, or other qualified organization, that has

experience in underwriting transitional housing projects to obtain

advice in carrying out this subchapter, including advice on the

terms and conditions necessary for a loan that meets the

requirements of section 2052 of this title.

(2) For purposes of paragraph (1), a nonprofit organization is an

organization that is described in paragraph (3) or (4) of

subsection (c) of section 501 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986

and is exempt from tax under subsection (a) of such section.

(e) The Secretary may carry out this subchapter in advance of the

issuance of regulations for such purpose.

(f) The Secretary may guarantee loans under this subchapter

notwithstanding any requirement for prior appropriations for such

purpose under any provision of law.

-SOURCE-

(Added Pub. L. 105-368, title VI, Sec. 601(a), Nov. 11, 1998, 112

Stat. 3342, Sec. 3772; renumbered Sec. 2051 and amended Pub. L.

107-95, Sec. 5(d)(1), (2)(B), Dec. 21, 2001, 115 Stat. 918.)

-REFTEXT-

REFERENCES IN TEXT

The date of the enactment of this subchapter, referred to in

subsec. (b)(1), is the date of enactment of Pub. L. 105-368, which

was approved Nov. 11, 1998.

Section 501 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, referred to in

subsec. (d)(2), is classified to section 501 of Title 26, Internal

Revenue Code.

-MISC1-

AMENDMENTS

2001 - Pub. L. 107-95, Sec. 5(d)(1), renumbered section 3772 of

this title as this section.

Subsec. (d)(1). Pub. L. 107-95, Sec. 5(d)(2)(B), substituted

"section 2052 of this title" for "section 3773 of this title".

EFFECTIVE DATE

Subchapter effective Oct. 1, 1998, see section 602(f) of Pub. L.

105-368, set out as an Effective Date of 1998 Amendment note under

section 2106 of this title.

-SECREF-

SECTION REFERRED TO IN OTHER SECTIONS

This section is referred to in section 2052 of this title.

-End-

-CITE-

38 USC Sec. 2052 01/06/03

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TITLE 38 - VETERANS' BENEFITS

PART II - GENERAL BENEFITS

CHAPTER 20 - BENEFITS FOR HOMELESS VETERANS

SUBCHAPTER VI - LOAN GUARANTEE FOR MULTIFAMILY TRANSITIONAL HOUSING

-HEAD-

Sec. 2052. Requirements

-STATUTE-

(a) A loan referred to in section 2051 of this title meets the

requirements of this subchapter if each of the following

requirements is met:

(1) The loan -

(A) is for -

(i) construction of, rehabilitation of, or acquisition of

land for a multifamily transitional housing project described

in subsection (b), or more than one of such purposes; or

(ii) refinancing of an existing loan for such a project;

and

(B) may also include additional reasonable amounts for -

(i) financing acquisition of furniture, equipment,

supplies, or materials for the project; or

(ii) in the case of a loan made for purposes of

subparagraph (A)(i), supplying the organization carrying out

the project with working capital relative to the project.

(2) The loan is made in connection with funding or the

provision of substantial property or services for such project by

either a State or local government or a nongovernmental entity,

or both.

(3) The maximum loan amount does not exceed the lesser of -

(A) that amount generally approved (utilizing prudent

underwriting principles) in the consideration and approval of

projects of similar nature and risk so as to assure repayment

of the loan obligation; and

(B) 90 percent of the total cost of the project.

(4) The loan is of sound value, taking into account the

creditworthiness of the entity (and the individual members of the

entity) applying for such loan.

(5) The loan is secured.

(6) The loan is subject to such terms and conditions as the

Secretary determines are reasonable, taking into account other

housing projects with similarities in size, location, population,

and services provided.

(b) For purposes of this subchapter, a multifamily transitional

housing project referred to in subsection (a)(1) is a project that

-

(1) provides transitional housing to homeless veterans, which

housing may be single room occupancy (as defined in section 8(n)

of the United States Housing Act of 1937 (42 U.S.C. 1437f (n)));

(2) provides supportive services and counselling services

(including job counselling) at the project site with the goal of

making such veterans self-sufficient;

(3) requires that each such veteran seek to obtain and maintain

employment;

(4) charges a reasonable fee for occupying a unit in such

housing; and

(5) maintains strict guidelines regarding sobriety as a

condition of occupying such unit.

(c) Such a project -

(1) may include space for neighborhood retail services or job

training programs; and

(2) may provide transitional housing to veterans who are not

homeless and to homeless individuals who are not veterans if -

(A) at the time of taking occupancy by any such veteran or

homeless individual, the transitional housing needs of homeless

veterans in the project area have been met;

(B) the housing needs of any such veteran or homeless

individual can be met in a manner that is compatible with the

manner in which the needs of homeless veterans are met under

paragraph (1); and

(C) the provisions of paragraphs (4) and (5) of subsection

(b) are met.

(d) In determining whether to guarantee a loan under this

subchapter, the Secretary shall consider -

(1) the availability of Department of Veterans Affairs medical

services to residents of the multifamily transitional housing

project; and

(2) the extent to which needs of homeless veterans are met in a

community, as assessed under section 107 of Public Law 102-405.

-SOURCE-

(Added Pub. L. 105-368, title VI, Sec. 601(a), Nov. 11, 1998, 112

Stat. 3343, Sec. 3773; renumbered Sec. 2052 and amended Pub. L.

107-95, Sec. 5(d)(1), (2)(C), Dec. 21, 2001, 115 Stat. 918.)

-REFTEXT-

REFERENCES IN TEXT

Section 107 of Public Law 102-405, referred to in subsec. (d)(2),

is set out as a note under section 527 of this title.

-MISC1-

AMENDMENTS

2001 - Pub. L. 107-95, Sec. 5(d)(1), renumbered section 3773 of

this title as this section.

Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 107-95, Sec. 5(d)(2)(C), substituted

"section 2051 of this title" for "section 3772 of this title" in

introductory provisions.

-SECREF-

SECTION REFERRED TO IN OTHER SECTIONS

This section is referred to in section 2051 of this title.

-End-

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38 USC Sec. 2053 01/06/03

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TITLE 38 - VETERANS' BENEFITS

PART II - GENERAL BENEFITS

CHAPTER 20 - BENEFITS FOR HOMELESS VETERANS

SUBCHAPTER VI - LOAN GUARANTEE FOR MULTIFAMILY TRANSITIONAL HOUSING

-HEAD-

Sec. 2053. Default

-STATUTE-

(a) The Secretary shall take such steps as may be necessary to

obtain repayment on any loan that is in default and that is

guaranteed under this subchapter.

(b) Upon default of a loan guaranteed under this subchapter and

terminated pursuant to State law, a lender may file a claim under

the guarantee for an amount not to exceed the lesser of -

(1) the maximum guarantee; or

(2) the difference between -

(A) the total outstanding obligation on the loan, including

principal, interest, and expenses authorized by the loan

documents, through the date of the public sale (as authorized

under such documents and State law); and

(B) the amount realized at such sale.

-SOURCE-

(Added Pub. L. 105-368, title VI, Sec. 601(a), Nov. 11, 1998, 112

Stat. 3344, Sec. 3774; renumbered Sec. 2053, Pub. L. 107-95, Sec.

5(d)(1), Dec. 21, 2001, 115 Stat. 918.)

-MISC1-

AMENDMENTS

2001 - Pub. L. 107-95 renumbered section 3774 of this title as

this section.

-End-

-CITE-

38 USC Sec. 2054 01/06/03

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TITLE 38 - VETERANS' BENEFITS

PART II - GENERAL BENEFITS

CHAPTER 20 - BENEFITS FOR HOMELESS VETERANS

SUBCHAPTER VI - LOAN GUARANTEE FOR MULTIFAMILY TRANSITIONAL HOUSING

-HEAD-

Sec. 2054. Audit

-STATUTE-

(a) During each of the first 3 years of operation of a

multifamily transitional housing project with respect to which a

loan is guaranteed under this subchapter, there shall be an annual,

independent audit of such operation. Such audit shall include a

detailed statement of the operations, activities, and

accomplishments of such project during the year covered by such

audit. The party responsible for obtaining such audit (and paying

the costs therefor) shall be determined before the Secretary issues

a guarantee under this subchapter.

(b) After the first three years of operation of such a

multifamily transitional housing project, the Secretary may provide

for periodic audits of the project.

-SOURCE-

(Added Pub. L. 105-368, title VI, Sec. 601(a), Nov. 11, 1998, 112

Stat. 3345, Sec. 3775; amended Pub. L. 106-117, title VII, Sec.

712, Nov. 30, 1999, 113 Stat. 1584; renumbered Sec. 2054, Pub. L.

107-95, Sec. 5(d)(1), Dec. 21, 2001, 115 Stat. 918.)

-MISC1-

AMENDMENTS

2001 - Pub. L. 107-95 renumbered section 3775 of this title as

this section.

1999 - Pub. L. 106-117 designated existing provisions as subsec.

(a) and added subsec. (b).

-End-

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38 USC SUBCHAPTER VII - OTHER PROVISIONS 01/06/03

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TITLE 38 - VETERANS' BENEFITS

PART II - GENERAL BENEFITS

CHAPTER 20 - BENEFITS FOR HOMELESS VETERANS

SUBCHAPTER VII - OTHER PROVISIONS

-HEAD-

SUBCHAPTER VII - OTHER PROVISIONS

-End-

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38 USC Sec. 2061 01/06/03

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TITLE 38 - VETERANS' BENEFITS

PART II - GENERAL BENEFITS

CHAPTER 20 - BENEFITS FOR HOMELESS VETERANS

SUBCHAPTER VII - OTHER PROVISIONS

-HEAD-

Sec. 2061. Grant program for homeless veterans with special needs

-STATUTE-

(a) Establishment. - The Secretary shall carry out a program to

make grants to health care facilities of the Department and to

grant and per diem providers in order to encourage development by

those facilities and providers of programs for homeless veterans

with special needs.

(b) Homeless Veterans With Special Needs. - For purposes of this

section, homeless veterans with special needs include homeless

veterans who are -

(1) women, including women who have care of minor dependents;

(2) frail elderly;

(3) terminally ill; or

(4) chronically mentally ill.

(c) Funding. - (1) From amounts appropriated to the Department

for "Medical Care" for each of fiscal years 2003, 2004, and 2005,

$5,000,000 shall be available for each such fiscal year for the

purposes of the program under this section.

(2) The Secretary shall ensure that funds for grants under this

section are designated for the first three years of operation of

the program under this section as a special purpose program for

which funds are not allocated through the Veterans Equitable

Resource Allocation system.

-SOURCE-

(Added Pub. L. 107-95, Sec. 5(a)(1), Dec. 21, 2001, 115 Stat. 913.)

-MISC1-

STUDY OF OUTCOME EFFECTIVENESS OF GRANT PROGRAM FOR HOMELESS

VETERANS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

Pub. L. 107-95, Sec. 7, Dec. 21, 2001, 115 Stat. 919, provided

that:

"(a) Study. - The Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall conduct a

study of the effectiveness during fiscal year 2002 through fiscal

year 2004 of the grant program under section 2061 of title 38,

United States Code, as added by section 5(a), in meeting the needs

of homeless veterans with special needs (as specified in that

section). As part of the study, the Secretary shall compare the

results of programs carried out under that section, in terms of

veterans' satisfaction, health status, reduction in addiction

severity, housing, and encouragement of productive activity, with

results for similar veterans in programs of the Department or of

grant and per diem providers that are designed to meet the general

needs of homeless veterans.

"(b) Report. - Not later than March 31, 2005, the Secretary shall

submit to the Committees on Veterans' Affairs of the Senate and

House of Representatives a report setting forth the results of the

study under subsection (a)."

[For definitions of "homeless veteran" and "grant and per diem

provider" used in section 7(a) of Pub. L. 107-95, set out above,

see section 2 of Pub. L. 107-95, set out as a note under section

2001 of this title.]

-End-

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38 USC Sec. 2062 01/06/03

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TITLE 38 - VETERANS' BENEFITS

PART II - GENERAL BENEFITS

CHAPTER 20 - BENEFITS FOR HOMELESS VETERANS

SUBCHAPTER VII - OTHER PROVISIONS

-HEAD-

Sec. 2062. Dental care

-STATUTE-

(a) In General. - For purposes of section 1712(a)(1)(H) of this

title, outpatient dental services and treatment of a dental

condition or disability of a veteran described in subsection (b)

shall be considered to be medically necessary, subject to

subsection (c), if -

(1) the dental services and treatment are necessary for the

veteran to successfully gain or regain employment;

(2) the dental services and treatment are necessary to

alleviate pain; or

(3) the dental services and treatment are necessary for

treatment of moderate, severe, or severe and complicated gingival

and periodontal pathology.

(b) Eligible Veterans. - Subsection (a) applies to a veteran -

(1) who is enrolled for care under section 1705(a) of this

title; and

(2) who, for a period of 60 consecutive days, is receiving care

(directly or by contract) in any of the following settings:

(A) A domiciliary under section 1710 of this title.

(B) A therapeutic residence under section 2032 of this title.

(C) Community residential care coordinated by the Secretary

under section 1730 of this title.

(D) A setting for which the Secretary provides funds for a

grant and per diem provider.

(3) For purposes of paragraph (2), in determining whether a

veteran has received treatment for a period of 60 consecutive

days, the Secretary may disregard breaks in the continuity of

treatment for which the veteran is not responsible.

(c) Limitation. - Dental benefits provided by reason of this

section shall be a one-time course of dental care provided in the

same manner as the dental benefits provided to a newly discharged

veteran.

-SOURCE-

(Added Pub. L. 107-95, Sec. 5(a)(1), Dec. 21, 2001, 115 Stat. 913.)

-End-

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38 USC Sec. 2063 01/06/03

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TITLE 38 - VETERANS' BENEFITS

PART II - GENERAL BENEFITS

CHAPTER 20 - BENEFITS FOR HOMELESS VETERANS

SUBCHAPTER VII - OTHER PROVISIONS

-HEAD-

Sec. 2063. Employment assistance

-STATUTE-

The Secretary may authorize homeless veterans receiving care

through vocational rehabilitation programs to participate in the

compensated work therapy program under section 1718 of this title.

-SOURCE-

(Added Pub. L. 107-95, Sec. 5(a)(1), Dec. 21, 2001, 115 Stat. 914.)

-End-

-CITE-

38 USC Sec. 2064 01/06/03

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TITLE 38 - VETERANS' BENEFITS

PART II - GENERAL BENEFITS

CHAPTER 20 - BENEFITS FOR HOMELESS VETERANS

SUBCHAPTER VII - OTHER PROVISIONS

-HEAD-

Sec. 2064. Technical assistance grants for nonprofit

community-based groups

-STATUTE-

(a) Grant Program. - The Secretary shall carry out a program to

make grants to entities or organizations with expertise in

preparing grant applications. Under the program, the entities or

organizations receiving grants shall provide technical assistance

to nonprofit community-based groups with experience in providing

assistance to homeless veterans in order to assist such groups in

applying for grants under this chapter and other grants relating to

addressing problems of homeless veterans.

(b) Funding. - There is authorized to be appropriated $750,000

for each of fiscal years 2002 through 2005 to carry out the program

under this section.

-SOURCE-

(Added Pub. L. 107-95, Sec. 5(a)(1), Dec. 21, 2001, 115 Stat. 914.)

-End-

-CITE-

38 USC Sec. 2065 01/06/03

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TITLE 38 - VETERANS' BENEFITS

PART II - GENERAL BENEFITS

CHAPTER 20 - BENEFITS FOR HOMELESS VETERANS

SUBCHAPTER VII - OTHER PROVISIONS

-HEAD-

Sec. 2065. Annual report on assistance to homeless veterans

-STATUTE-

(a) Annual Report. - Not later than April 15 of each year, the

Secretary shall submit to the Committees on Veterans' Affairs of

the Senate and House of Representatives a report on the activities

of the Department during the calendar year preceding the report

under programs of the Department under this chapter and other

programs of the Department for the provision of assistance to

homeless veterans.

(b) General Contents of Report. - Each report under subsection

(a) shall include the following:

(1) The number of homeless veterans provided assistance under

the programs referred to in subsection (a).

(2) The cost to the Department of providing such assistance

under those programs.

(3) The Secretary's evaluation of the effectiveness of the

programs of the Department in providing assistance to homeless

veterans, including -

(A) residential work-therapy programs;

(B) programs combining outreach, community-based residential

treatment, and case-management; and

(C) contract care programs for alcohol and drug-dependence or

use disabilities).(!1)

(4) The Secretary's evaluation of the effectiveness of programs

established by recipients of grants under section 2011 of this

title and a description of the experience of those recipients in

applying for and receiving grants from the Secretary of Housing

and Urban Development to serve primarily homeless persons who are

veterans.

(5) Any other information on those programs and on the

provision of such assistance that the Secretary considers

appropriate.

(c) Health Care Contents of Report. - Each report under

subsection (a) shall include, with respect to programs of the

Department addressing health care needs of homeless veterans, the

following:

(1) Information about expenditures, costs, and workload under

the program of the Department known as the Health Care for

Homeless Veterans program (HCHV).

(2) Information about the veterans contacted through that

program.

(3) Information about program treatment outcomes under that

program.

(4) Information about supported housing programs.

(5) Information about the Department's grant and per diem

provider program under subchapter II of this chapter.

(6) The findings and conclusions of the assessments of the

medical needs of homeless veterans conducted under section

2034(b) of this title.

(7) Other information the Secretary considers relevant in

assessing those programs.

(d) Benefits Content of Report. - Each report under subsection

(a) shall include, with respect to programs and activities of the

Veterans Benefits Administration in processing of claims for

benefits of homeless veterans during the preceding year, the

following:

(1) Information on costs, expenditures, and workload of

Veterans Benefits Administration claims evaluators in processing

claims for benefits of homeless veterans.

(2) Information on the filing of claims for benefits by

homeless veterans.

(3) Information on efforts undertaken to expedite the

processing of claims for benefits of homeless veterans.

(4) Other information that the Secretary considers relevant in

assessing the programs and activities.

-SOURCE-

(Added Pub. L. 107-95, Sec. 5(a)(1), Dec. 21, 2001, 115 Stat. 914.)

-SECREF-

SECTION REFERRED TO IN OTHER SECTIONS

This section is referred to in section 2034 of this title.

-FOOTNOTE-

(!1) So in original. There is no opening parenthesis.

-End-

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38 USC Sec. 2066 01/06/03

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TITLE 38 - VETERANS' BENEFITS

PART II - GENERAL BENEFITS

CHAPTER 20 - BENEFITS FOR HOMELESS VETERANS

SUBCHAPTER VII - OTHER PROVISIONS

-HEAD-

Sec. 2066. Advisory Committee on Homeless Veterans

-STATUTE-

(a) Establishment. - (1) There is established in the Department

the Advisory Committee on Homeless Veterans (hereinafter in this

section referred to as the "Committee").

(2) The Committee shall consist of not more than 15 members

appointed by the Secretary from among the following:

(A) Veterans service organizations.

(B) Advocates of homeless veterans and other homeless

individuals.

(C) Community-based providers of services to homeless

individuals.

(D) Previously homeless veterans.

(E) State veterans affairs officials.

(F) Experts in the treatment of individuals with mental

illness.

(G) Experts in the treatment of substance use disorders.

(H) Experts in the development of permanent housing

alternatives for lower income populations.

(I) Experts in vocational rehabilitation.

(J) Such other organizations or groups as the Secretary

considers appropriate.

(3) The Committee shall include, as ex officio members, the

following:

(A) The Secretary of Labor (or a representative of the

Secretary selected after consultation with the Assistant

Secretary of Labor for Veterans' Employment).

(B) The Secretary of Defense (or a representative of the

Secretary).

(C) The Secretary of Health and Human Services (or a

representative of the Secretary).

(D) The Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (or a

representative of the Secretary).

(4)(A) The Secretary shall determine the terms of service and

allowances of the members of the Committee, except that a term of

service may not exceed three years. The Secretary may reappoint any

member for additional terms of service.

(B) Members of the Committee shall serve without pay. Members may

receive travel expenses, including per diem in lieu of subsistence

for travel in connection with their duties as members of the

Committee.

(b) Duties. - (1) The Secretary shall consult with and seek the

advice of the Committee on a regular basis with respect to the

provision by the Department of benefits and services to homeless

veterans.

(2) In providing advice to the Secretary under this subsection,

the Committee shall -

(A) assemble and review information relating to the needs of

homeless veterans;

(B) provide an on-going assessment of the effectiveness of the

policies, organizational structures, and services of the

Department in assisting homeless veterans; and

(C) provide on-going advice on the most appropriate means of

providing assistance to homeless veterans.

(3) The Committee shall -

(A) review the continuum of services provided by the Department

directly or by contract in order to define cross-cutting issues

and to improve coordination of all services with the Department

that are involved in addressing the special needs of homeless

veterans;

(B) identify (through the annual assessments under section 2034

of this title and other available resources) gaps in programs of

the Department in serving homeless veterans, including

identification of geographic areas with unmet needs, and provide

recommendations to address those gaps;

(C) identify gaps in existing information systems on homeless

veterans, both within and outside the Department, and provide

recommendations about redressing problems in data collection;

(D) identify barriers under existing laws and policies to

effective coordination by the Department with other Federal

agencies and with State and local agencies addressing homeless

populations;

(E) identify opportunities for increased liaison by the

Department with nongovernmental organizations and individual

groups providing services to homeless populations;

(F) with appropriate officials of the Department designated by

the Secretary, participate with the Interagency Council on the

Homeless under title II of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance

Act (42 U.S.C. 11311 et seq.);

(G) recommend appropriate funding levels for specialized

programs for homeless veterans provided or funded by the

Department;

(H) recommend appropriate placement options for veterans who,

because of advanced age, frailty, or severe mental illness, may

not be appropriate candidates for vocational rehabilitation or

independent living; and

(I) perform such other functions as the Secretary may direct.

(c) Reports. - (1) Not later than March 31 of each year, the

Committee shall submit to the Secretary a report on the programs

and activities of the Department that relate to homeless veterans.

Each such report shall include -

(A) an assessment of the needs of homeless veterans;

(B) a review of the programs and activities of the Department

designed to meet such needs;

(C) a review of the activities of the Committee; and

(D) such recommendations (including recommendations for

administrative and legislative action) as the Committee considers

appropriate.

(2) Not later than 90 days after the receipt of a report under

paragraph (1), the Secretary shall transmit to the Committees on

Veterans' Affairs of the Senate and House of Representatives a copy

of the report, together with any comments and recommendations

concerning the report that the Secretary considers appropriate.

(3) The Committee may also submit to the Secretary such other

reports and recommendations as the Committee considers appropriate.

(4) The Secretary shall submit with each annual report submitted

to the Congress pursuant to section 529 of this title a summary of

all reports and recommendations of the Committee submitted to the

Secretary since the previous annual report of the Secretary

submitted pursuant to that section.

(d) Termination. - The Committee shall cease to exist December

31, 2006.

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(Added Pub. L. 107-95, Sec. 5(a)(1), Dec. 21, 2001, 115 Stat. 916.)

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REFERENCES IN TEXT

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, referred to in

subsec. (b)(3)(F), is Pub. L. 100-77, July 22, 1987, 101 Stat. 482,

as amended. Title II of the Act is classified generally to

subchapter II (Sec. 11311 et seq.) of chapter 119 of Title 42, The

Public Health and Welfare. For complete classification of this Act

to the Code, see Short Title note set out under section 11301 of

Title 42 and Tables.

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