They call it “Heroes Highway,” but the stretch along Market Street outside Newark Penn Station doesn’t resemble anything close to its namesake.
Men and women lie at uncomfortable angles, half asleep against benches and cement columns.
Currently, Rice writes, about 1.5 million Americans spend some time in emergency or temporary shelters every year. Since 2007, the number of families with children living in shelters and other emergency housing has increased by approximately 32 percent.
Schools and communities invite veterans of all backgrounds to share their stories and receive thanks for their years of service.
“These kinds of cuts are really unprecedented,” Rice told me. “The Section 8 voucher program has been around for nearly 40 years—it was created during the Nixon Administration and has had strong, bipartisan support for its entire history. Part of that support has consisted of Congress providing adequate money to ensure that the vouchers currently used by families are renewed from year to year.”
Faced with a $200 million deficit accumulated over the past five years, Sacramento, Calif., like many other struggling municipalities, is severely cutting back.
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Reimbursements to cities and towns for 100% of homeless veterans’ costs: Under the Governor’s budget proposal, DVS would increase its reimbursement rates to cities and towns from 75% to 100% for homeless shelter services for veterans.
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Indeed, as the report notes, there are currently “waiting lists for vouchers in almost every community,” and only 1 in 4 eligible households receives a voucher or some other form of federal rental assistance. Half of the current households in the voucher program include seniors or people with disabilities, and the rest are mostly families with children.