LA CROSSE – U.S. Rep. Ron Kind recently wrote a letter to Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin to work directly with the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) to make sure that veterans continue to have housing in western and central Wisconsin.
“We must ensure that veterans have reliable access to quality housing services throughout Wisconsin and the rest of the country,” said Rep. Kind. “After all the sacrifices our veterans have made to protect our country it is our responsibility to make sure that we are keeping our promises to them.”
This comes after prior uncertainty surrounding federal funding in 2018 and beyond for Homeless Providers’ Grant and Per Diem Programs across Wisconsin. The status of funding has caused significant concern amongst veterans about the availability of housing services in the future.
Rep. Kind requested that Secretary Shulkin work directly with WDVA, Wisconsin facilities, and veterans organizations that provide housing services through the Grant and Per Diem Program to clearly explain the updated requirements and acceptance criteria, and provide guidance to the organizations in order to make the necessary changes to improve the services they provide.