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Following large-scale public opposition, Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin backtracked on a plan that would have ended one of the two agency’s homelessness projects after the original decision — to stop funding the program — was called “a new low” for President Donald Trump’s administration.
Shulkin’s staff told advocates for the program on a Dec. 1 phone call the program would be killed and the funding would be funneled to local VA hospitals that would have authority to decide how it’s used, Politico reported. But just days prior, on Nov. 27, Shulkin and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson made an appearance at a Washington shelter and promised that Trump was strongly committed to ending homelessness among the veteran community.
The $460 million program remains intact after staunch opposition from veterans advocates and state officials.
“There will be absolutely no change in the funding to support our homeless program,” Shulkin said in a press release. “We will not be shifting any homeless program money to the Choice program. The president has increased VA homeless program funding by $66 million in his fiscal year 2018 budget.”
The statement continued, “Over the next six months, I will solicit input from …read more