WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), a member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, condemned the Trump administration for ending a program that helps homeless veterans just days after Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin touted the Trump administration’s commitment to house all homeless vets. The HUD-VASH program has helped 138,000 veterans since 2010 and helped cut the number of homeless veterans by 46 percent.
“This about-face by the Trump administration is infuriating. One day they’re telling homeless veterans they will help find housing, and then just two days later, they turn around and eliminate the very program that has helped over a hundred thousand homeless veterans get back on their feet,” said Murphy. “I know how much homeless veterans in Connecticut rely on the HUD-VASH program. When I was in the House of Representatives, I helped double the number of housing vouchers for our state. Now is not the time to abandon our veterans. I’ll be fighting on the Appropriations Committee to reverse this gut punch of a decision.”
Last month, Murphy and all other members – both Republican and Democrat – of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Military, Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies urged Secretary Shulkin to stop their plans to end this program.