There is one summary for H.R.2648. Bill summaries are authored by CRS.

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Introduced in House (06/13/1991)

Comprehensive Service Programs for Homeless Veterans Act of 1991 - Directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to provide, either directly or by contract, for the establishment of not less than 25 outreach service centers for homeless veterans in areas where there is a significant number of such veterans.

Prohibits the Secretary from contracting for the provision of such centers unless: (1) the contractor agrees to pay at least 25 percent of the amounts necessary to provide materials and services under the contract; and (2) the Secretary has determined that the contractor has the capacity to carry out such an agreement.

Requires at least seven full-time employees to be assigned to each center, in addition to individuals currently employed by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Requires assigned employees to include medical and psychiatric care professionals and case managers. Outlines services to be provided at such centers, including case management, health care, mental health and employment counseling, social services, hygiene facilities, benefits assistance, legal assistance, transportation assistance, meals, and other appropriate services.

Requires at least 35 percent of the centers to be established through contracts with private nonprofit providers.

Authorizes appropriations for FY 1992 through 1994.

Directs the Secretary to provide, either directly or by contract, not less than 20 mobile support teams to provide services through medically equipped vans in areas with a high percentage of homeless veterans and in rural areas without adequate access to medical services of the Department. Requires such services to include clinical care, case management, monitoring, meals, benefits assistance, and transportation services. Requires at least 35 percent of such mobile support teams to be provided through contracts with private nonprofit providers.

Authorizes appropriations for FY 1992 through 1994.

Directs the Secretary to provide for not less than 50 transitional group homes whose only residents shall be homeless veterans. Requires such homes to be established primarily in residential areas. Requires the following with respect to such transitional housing: (1) that the manager of the housing is a veteran who resides there; (2) that such residents have access to job training, substance abuse rehabilitation, health care, mental health services, case management, benefits assistance, and transportation; (3) that such residents are either employed part-time or involved in job training; (4) that appropriate veterans participate in a substance abuse counseling or rehabilitation program; (5) that alcohol or drug use in such housing will be prohibited and violators expelled; (6) that veterans residing in the housing pay rent to the extent of their ability to pay; and (7) that such housing is in compliance with State and local housing codes and regulations. Requires at least 35 percent of the group housing to be provided through contracts with private nonprofit providers.

Authorizes appropriations.

Directs the Secretary to conduct evaluations and report to the Congress on the outreach service centers program, the mobile support teams program, and the transitional group homes program. Authorizes the Secretary to accept services and equipment donated for such programs. Authorizes the Secretary to contract with nonprofit organizations for services performed or utilized under the outreach service centers program or the transitional group housing program.