Summary: H.R.3992 — 101st Congress (1989-1990)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (02/07/1990)

Comprehensive Services Program for Homeless Veterans Act of 1990 - Directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to establish a comprehensive services program to address fully the needs of homeless veterans through housing, medical care, vocational rehabilitation, transportation, and social services provided through this Act and other programs administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Requires each director of a medical center of the Department to carry out jointly with the veterans' benefits director of the region concerned an assessment concerning the number of homeless veterans in the area and current services provided. Requires joint preparation, for each of FY 1991 through 1994, of a plan for meeting the needs of homeless veterans in the area, to be submitted to the Secretary. Provides funding from the Secretary to the directors for such assessment and plans. Authorizes appropriations for FY 1991 through 1994.

Directs the Secretary to provide for the establishment of outreach service centers in areas where there are significant numbers of homeless veterans. Outlines staffing and services of such centers.

Directs the Secretary to provide mobile support teams to assist in the provision of benefits through medically-equipped vans in areas high in homeless veterans and in rural areas lacking adequate access to Department medical facilities.

Expands the current veterans' benefits available to homeless veterans to include dental, optometric, and podiatric services.

Requires the director of each medical center of the Department to use funds provided by the Secretary for homeless veterans assistance to make monthly assistance available for housing for homeless veterans and their families, under specified conditions. Prohibits such assistance for longer than one year for each homeless veteran. Requires a homeless veteran receiving such assistance to be employed at least 18 hours a week or to be involved in a compensated work therapy program administered by the Department.

Requires each director to establish a program for the provision of housing owned or leased by the Department in which veterans with chronic mental illness or veterans recovering from alcohol or drug abuse may reside. Outlines program requirements similar to housing assistance program requirements.

Requires each director to establish a revolving fund to make loans for the cost of establishing programs for the provision of housing to mentally ill veterans or veterans recovering from alcohol or drug abuse. Outlines loan conditions and guidelines.

Directs the Secretary, for each of FY 1991 through 1994, to carry out evaluations of the programs established under this Act and to make specified congressional reports.

Authorizes the Secretary to accept donations of services and equipment in furtherance of the purposes of this Act.