February 15, 2018
I joined the Veterans Affairs Committee for a
special meeting on veterans’ homelessness. I wanted to get answers from the Department of Housing and Urban Development and veteran support groups on how
the federal government can address housing affordability, access, and supply to
support veterans and their families who are experiencing homelessness.
In San Diego, high housing costs make it competitive for
individuals seeking a home, especially those using rental assistance vouchers
through the HUD-VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) Program.
Click here to watch Rep. Peters question HUD officials and veteran support groups.
I asked what HUD is doing to address the gap between high housing costs and the value of vouchers for veterans.
The General Deputy Assistant Secretary of HUD acknowledged the rising housing costs in coastal cities, like San Diego, and noted that a decrease in housing supply has increased prices. She suggested solutions like project-based vouchers which encourage public housing authorities to build affordable housing.
I’ve worked to address homelessness in San Diego, including confronting the challenges faced by our veteran community. In 2016, we had a critical breakthrough with HUD when they agreed to consider alternatives to the Continuum of Care formula, which determines how federal homelessness funding is allocated. Replacing the severely outdated formula would better measure San Diego’s need for resources to address homelessness.
I will continue fighting to get San Diego a fair share of the resources we deserve to address homelessness and serve our veterans.