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Public Law 107-95
107th Congress

                                 An Act


 
     To amend title 38, United States Code, to revise, improve, and 
   consolidate provisions of law providing benefits and services for 
       homeless veterans. <<NOTE: Dec. 21, 2001 -  [H.R. 2716]>> 

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled, <<NOTE: Homeless 
Veterans Comprehensive Assistance Act of 2001.>> 

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE; TABLE OF CONTENTS; REFERENCES TO TITLE 38, 
            UNITED STATES CODE.

    (a) Short Title.--This Act <<NOTE: 38 USC 101 note.>>  may be cited 
as the ``Homeless Veterans Comprehensive Assistance Act of 2001''.

    (b) Table of Contents.--The table of contents of this Act is as 
follows:

Sec.  1. Short title; table of contents; references to title 38, United 
           States Code.
Sec.  2. Definitions.
Sec.  3. National goal to end homelessness among veterans.
Sec.  4. Sense of the Congress regarding the needs of homeless veterans 
           and the 
           responsibility of Federal agencies.
Sec.  5. Consolidation and improvement of provisions of law relating to 
           homeless veterans.
Sec.  6. Evaluation centers for homeless veterans programs.
Sec.  7. Study of outcome effectiveness of grant program for homeless 
           veterans with special needs.
Sec.  8. Expansion of other programs.
Sec.  9. Coordination of employment services.
Sec. 10. Use of real property.
Sec. 11. Meetings of Interagency Council on Homeless.
Sec. 12. Rental assistance vouchers for HUD Veterans Affairs Supported 
           Housing program.

    (c) References to Title 38, United States Code.--Except as otherwise 
expressly provided, whenever in this Act an amendment or repeal is 
expressed in terms of an amendment to, or repeal of, a section or other 
provision, the reference shall be considered to be made to a section or 
other provision of title 38, United States Code.

SEC. 2. DEFINITIONS. <<NOTE: 38 USC 2001 note.>> 

    For purposes of this Act:
            (1) The term ``homeless veteran'' has the meaning given such 
        term in section 2002 of title 38, United States Code, as added 
        by section 5(a)(1).
            (2) The term ``grant and per diem provider'' means an entity 
        in receipt of a grant under section 2011 or 2012 of title 38, 
        United States Code, as so added.

SEC. 3. <<NOTE: 38 USC 2001 note.>>  NATIONAL GOAL TO END HOMELESSNESS 
            AMONG VETERANS.

    (a) National Goal.--Congress hereby declares it to be a national 
goal to end chronic homelessness among veterans within a decade of the 
enactment of this Act.

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    (b) Cooperative Efforts Encouraged.--Congress hereby encourages all 
departments and agencies of Federal, State, and local governments, 
quasi-governmental organizations, private and public sector entities, 
including community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, and 
individuals to work cooperatively to end chronic homelessness among 
veterans within a decade.

SEC. 4. <<NOTE: 38 USC 2001 note.>>  SENSE OF THE CONGRESS REGARDING THE 
            NEEDS OF HOMELESS VETERANS AND THE RESPONSIBILITY OF FEDERAL 
            AGENCIES.

    It is the sense of the Congress that--
            (1) homelessness is a significant problem in the veterans 
        community and veterans are disproportionately represented among 
        homeless men;
            (2) while many effective programs assist homeless veterans 
        to again become productive and self-sufficient members of 
        society, current resources provided to such programs and other 
        activities that assist homeless veterans are inadequate to 
        provide all needed essential services, assistance, and support 
        to homeless veterans;
            (3) the most effective programs for the assistance of 
        homeless veterans should be identified and expanded;
            (4) federally funded programs for homeless veterans should 
        be held accountable for achieving clearly defined results;
            (5) Federal efforts to assist homeless veterans should 
        include prevention of homelessness; and
            (6) Federal agencies, particularly the Department of 
        Veterans Affairs, the Department of Housing and Urban 
        Development, and the Department of Labor, should cooperate more 
        fully to address the problem of homelessness among veterans.

SEC. 5. CONSOLIDATION AND IMPROVEMENT OF PROVISIONS OF LAW RELATING TO 
            HOMELESS VETERANS.

    (a) In General.--(1) Part II is amended by inserting after chapter 
19 the following new chapter:

              ``CHAPTER 20--BENEFITS FOR HOMELESS VETERANS

      ``subchapter i--purpose; definitions; administrative matters

``Sec.
``2001. Purpose.
``2002. Definitions.
``2003. Staffing requirements.

             ``subchapter ii--comprehensive service programs

``2011. Grants.
``2012. Per diem payments.
``2013. Authorization of appropriations.

                 ``subchapter iii--training and outreach

``2021. Homeless veterans reintegration programs.
``2022. Coordination of outreach services for veterans at risk of 
           homelessness.
``2023. Demonstration program of referral and counseling for veterans 
           transitioning from certain institutions who are at risk for 
           homelessness.

``subchapter iv--treatment and rehabilitation for seriously mentally ill 
                          and homeless veterans

``2031. General treatment.
``2032. Therapeutic housing.
``2033. Additional services at certain locations.
``2034. Coordination with other agencies and organizations.

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                   ``subchapter v--housing assistance

``2041. Housing assistance for homeless veterans.
``2042. Supported housing for veterans participating in compensated work 
           therapies.
``2043. Domiciliary care programs.

  ``subchapter vi--loan guarantee for multifamily transitional housing

``2051. General authority.
``2052. Requirements.
``2053. Default.
``2054. Audit.

                   ``subchapter vii--other provisions

``2061. Grant program for homeless veterans with special needs.
``2062. Dental care.
``2063. Employment assistance.
``2064. Technical assistance grants for nonprofit community-based 
           groups.
``2065. Annual report on assistance to homeless veterans.
``2066. Advisory Committee on Homeless Veterans.

      ``SUBCHAPTER I--PURPOSE; DEFINITIONS; ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS

``Sec. 2001. Purpose

    ``The purpose of this chapter is to provide for the special needs of 
homeless veterans.

``Sec. 2002. Definitions

    ``In this chapter:
            ``(1) The term `homeless veteran' means a veteran who is 
        homeless (as that term is defined in section 103(a) of the 
        McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 11302(a)).
            ``(2) The term `grant and per diem provider' means an entity 
        in receipt of a grant under section 2011 or 2012 of this title.

``Sec. 2003. Staffing requirements

    ``(a) VBA Staffing at Regional Offices.--The Secretary shall ensure 
that there is at least one full-time employee assigned to oversee and 
coordinate homeless veterans programs at each of the 20 Veterans 
Benefits Administration regional offices that the Secretary determines 
have the largest homeless veteran populations within the regions of the 
Administration. The programs covered by such oversight and coordination 
include the following:
            ``(1) Housing programs administered by the Secretary under 
        this title or any other provision of law.
            ``(2) Compensation, pension, vocational rehabilitation, and 
        education benefits programs administered by the Secretary under 
        this title or any other provision of law.
            ``(3) The housing program for veterans supported by the 
        Department of Housing and Urban Development.
            ``(4) The homeless veterans reintegration program of the 
        Department of Labor under section 2021 of this title.
            ``(5) The programs under section 2033 of this title.
            ``(6) The assessments required by section 2034 of this 
        title.
            ``(7) Such other programs relating to homeless veterans as 
        may be specified by the Secretary.

    ``(b) VHA Case Managers.--The Secretary shall ensure that the number 
of case managers in the Veterans Health Administration is sufficient to 
assure that every veteran who is provided a housing voucher through 
section 8(o) of the United States Housing

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Act of 1937 (42 U.S.C. 1437f(o)) is assigned to, and is seen as needed 
by, a case manager.

             ``SUBCHAPTER II--COMPREHENSIVE SERVICE PROGRAMS

``Sec. 2011. Grants

    ``(a) Authority To Make Grants.--(1) Subject to the availability of 
appropriations provided for such purpose, the Secretary shall make 
grants to assist eligible entities in establishing programs to furnish, 
and expanding or modifying existing programs for furnishing, the 
following to homeless veterans:
            ``(A) Outreach.
            ``(B) Rehabilitative services.
            ``(C) Vocational counseling and training
            ``(D) Transitional housing assistance.

    ``(2) <<NOTE: Expiration date.>>  The authority of the Secretary to 
make grants under this section expires on September 30, 2005.

    ``(b) Criteria <<NOTE: Federal Register, publication.>>  for 
Grants.--The Secretary shall establish criteria and requirements for 
grants under this section, including criteria for entities eligible to 
receive grants, and shall publish such criteria and requirements in the 
Federal Register. The criteria established under this subsection shall 
include the following:
            ``(1) Specification as to the kinds of projects for which 
        grants are available, which shall include--
                    ``(A) expansion, remodeling, or alteration of 
                existing buildings, or acquisition of facilities, for 
                use as service centers, transitional housing, or other 
                facilities to serve homeless veterans; and
                    ``(B) procurement of vans for use in outreach to and 
                transportation for homeless veterans for purposes of a 
                program referred to in subsection (a).
            ``(2) Specification as to the number of projects for which 
        grants are available.
            ``(3) Criteria for staffing for the provision of services 
        under a project for which grants are made.
            ``(4) Provisions to ensure that grants under this section--
                    ``(A) shall not result in duplication of ongoing 
                services; and
                    ``(B) to the maximum extent practicable, shall 
                reflect appropriate geographic dispersion and an 
                appropriate 
                balance between urban and other locations.
            ``(5) Provisions to ensure that an entity receiving a grant 
        shall meet fire and safety requirements established by the 
        Secretary, which shall include--
                    ``(A) such State and local requirements that may 
                apply; and
                    ``(B) fire and safety requirements applicable under 
                the Life Safety Code of the National Fire Protection 
                Association or such other comparable fire and safety 
                requirements as the Secretary may specify.
            ``(6) Specification as to the means by which an entity 
        receiving a grant may contribute in-kind services to the start-
        up costs of a project for which a grant is sought and the 
        methodology for assigning a cost to that contribution for 
        purposes of subsection (c).

    ``(c) Funding Limitations.--A grant under this section may not be 
used to support operational costs. The amount of a grant

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under this section may not exceed 65 percent of the estimated cost of 
the project concerned.
    ``(d) Eligible Entities.--The Secretary may make a grant under this 
section to an entity applying for such a grant only if the applicant for 
the grant--
            ``(1) is a public or nonprofit private entity with the 
        capacity (as determined by the Secretary) to effectively 
        administer a grant under this section;
            ``(2) demonstrates that adequate financial support will be 
        available to carry out the project for which the grant is sought 
        consistent with the plans, specifications, and schedule 
        submitted by the applicant; and
            ``(3) agrees to meet the applicable criteria and 
        requirements established under subsections (b) and (g) and has, 
        as determined by the Secretary, the capacity to meet such 
        criteria and requirements.

    ``(e) Application Requirement.--An entity seeking a grant for a 
project under this section shall submit to the Secretary an application 
for the grant. The application shall set forth the following:
            ``(1) The amount of the grant sought for the project.
            ``(2) A description of the site for the project.
            ``(3) Plans, specifications, and the schedule for 
        implementation of the project in accordance with criteria and 
        requirements prescribed by the Secretary under subsection (b).
            ``(4) Reasonable assurance that upon completion of the work 
        for which the grant is sought, the project will become 
        operational and the facilities will be used principally to 
        provide to veterans the services for which the project was 
        designed, and that not more than 25 percent of the services 
        provided under the project will be provided to individuals who 
        are not veterans.

    ``(f) Program Requirements.--The Secretary may not make a grant for 
a project to an applicant under this section unless the applicant in the 
application for the grant agrees to each of the following requirements:
            ``(1) To provide the services for which the grant is made at 
        locations accessible to homeless veterans.
            ``(2) To maintain referral networks for homeless veterans 
        for establishing eligibility for assistance and obtaining 
        services, under available entitlement and assistance programs, 
        and to aid such veterans in establishing eligibility for and 
        obtaining such services.
            ``(3) To ensure the confidentiality of records maintained on 
        homeless veterans receiving services through the project.
            ``(4) To establish such procedures for fiscal control and 
        fund accounting as may be necessary to ensure proper 
        disbursement and accounting with respect to the grant and to 
        such payments as may be made under section 2012 of this title.
            ``(5) To seek to employ homeless veterans and formerly 
        homeless veterans in positions created for purposes of the grant 
        for which those veterans are qualified.

    ``(g) Service Center Requirements.--In addition to criteria and 
requirements established under subsection (b), in the case of an 
application for a grant under this section for a service center for 
homeless veterans, the Secretary shall require each of the following:

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            ``(1) That such center provide services to homeless veterans 
        during such hours as the Secretary may specify and be open to 
        such veterans on an as-needed, unscheduled basis.
            ``(2) That space at such center be made available, as 
        mutually agreeable, for use by staff of the Department of 
        Veterans Affairs, the Department of Labor, and other appropriate 
        agencies and organizations in assisting homeless veterans served 
        by such center.
            ``(3) That such center be equipped and staffed to provide or 
        to assist in providing health care, mental health services, 
        hygiene facilities, benefits and employment counseling, meals, 
        transportation assistance, and such other services as the 
        Secretary determines necessary.
            ``(4) That such center be equipped and staffed to provide, 
        or to assist in providing, job training, counseling, and 
        placement services (including job readiness and literacy and 
        skills training), as well as any outreach and case management 
        services that may be necessary to carry out this paragraph.

    ``(h) Recovery of Unused Grant Funds.--(1) If a grant recipient 
under this section does not establish a program in accordance with this 
section or ceases to furnish services under such a program for which the 
grant was made, the United States shall be entitled to recover from such 
recipient the total of all unused grant amounts made under this section 
to such recipient in connection with such program.
    ``(2) Any amount recovered by the United States under paragraph (1) 
may be obligated by the Secretary without fiscal year limitation to 
carry out provisions of this subchapter.
    ``(3) An amount may not be recovered under paragraph (1) as an 
unused grant amount before the end of the three-year period beginning on 
the date on which the grant is made.

``Sec. 2012. Per diem payments

    ``(a) Per Diem Payments for Furnishing Services to Homeless 
Veterans.--(1) Subject to the availability of appropriations provided 
for such purpose, the Secretary, pursuant to such criteria as the 
Secretary shall prescribe, shall provide to a recipient of a grant under 
section 2011 of this title (or an entity eligible to receive a grant 
under that section which after November 10, 1992, establishes a program 
that the Secretary determines carries out the purposes described in that 
section) per diem payments for services furnished to any homeless 
veteran--
            ``(A) whom the Secretary has referred to the grant recipient 
        (or entity eligible for such a grant); or
            ``(B) for whom the Secretary has authorized the provision of 
        services.

    ``(2)(A) The rate for such per diem payments shall be the daily cost 
of care estimated by the grant recipient or eligible entity adjusted by 
the Secretary under subparagraph (B). In no case may the rate determined 
under this paragraph exceed the rate authorized for State homes for 
domiciliary care under subsection (a)(1)(A) of section 1741 of this 
title, as the Secretary may increase from time to time under subsection 
(c) of that section.
    ``(B) The Secretary shall adjust the rate estimated by the grant 
recipient or eligible entity under subparagraph (A) to exclude other 
sources of income described in subparagraph (D) that the grant recipient 
or eligible entity certifies to be correct.

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    ``(C) Each grant recipient or eligible entity shall provide to the 
Secretary such information with respect to other sources of income as 
the Secretary may require to make the adjustment under subparagraph (B).
    ``(D) The other sources of income referred to in subparagraphs (B) 
and (C) are payments to the grant recipient or eligible entity for 
furnishing services to homeless veterans under programs other than under 
this subchapter, including payments and grants from other departments 
and agencies of the United States, from departments or agencies of State 
or local government, and from private entities or organizations.
    ``(3) In a case in which the Secretary has authorized the provision 
of services, per diem payments under paragraph (1) may be paid 
retroactively for services provided not more than three days before the 
authorization was provided.
    ``(b) Inspections.--The Secretary may inspect any facility of a 
grant recipient or entity eligible for payments under subsection (a) at 
such times as the Secretary considers necessary. No per diem payment may 
be provided to a grant recipient or eligible entity under this section 
unless the facilities of the grant recipient or eligible entity meet 
such standards as the Secretary shall prescribe.
    ``(c) Life Safety Code.--(1) Except as provided in paragraph (2), a 
per diem payment may not be provided under this section to a grant 
recipient or eligible entity unless the facilities of the grant 
recipient or eligible entity, as the case may be, meet applicable fire 
and safety requirements under the Life Safety Code of the National Fire 
Protection Association or such other comparable fire and safety 
requirements as the Secretary may specify.
    ``(2) During the five-year period beginning on the date of the 
enactment of this section, paragraph (1) shall not apply to an entity 
that received a grant under section 3 of the Homeless Veterans 
Comprehensive Service Programs Act of 1992 (Public Law 102-590; 38 
U.S.C. 7721 note) before that date if the entity meets fire and safety 
requirements established by the Secretary.
    ``(3) From amounts available for purposes of this section, not less 
than $5,000,000 shall be used only for grants to assist entities covered 
by paragraph (2) in meeting the Life Safety Code of the National Fire 
Protection Association or such other comparable fire and safety 
requirements as the Secretary may specify.

``Sec. 2013. Authorization of appropriations

    ``There are authorized to be appropriated to carry out this 
subchapter amounts as follows:
            ``(1) $60,000,000 for fiscal year 2002.
            ``(2) $75,000,000 for fiscal year 2003.
            ``(3) $75,000,000 for fiscal year 2004.
            ``(4) $75,000,000 for fiscal year 2005.

                 ``SUBCHAPTER III--TRAINING AND OUTREACH

``Sec. 2021. Homeless veterans reintegration programs

    ``(a) In General.--Subject to the availability of appropriations 
provided for such purpose, the Secretary of Labor shall conduct, 
directly or through grant or contract, such programs as the Secretary 
determines appropriate to provide job training, counseling, and 
placement services (including job readiness and literacy and

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skills training) to expedite the reintegration of homeless veterans into 
the labor force.
    ``(b) Requirement To Monitor Expenditures of Funds.--(1) The 
Secretary of Labor shall collect such information as that Secretary 
considers appropriate to monitor and evaluate the distribution and 
expenditure of funds appropriated to carry out this section. The 
information shall include data with respect to the results or outcomes 
of the services provided to each homeless veteran under this section.
    ``(2) Information under paragraph (1) shall be furnished in such 
form and manner as the Secretary of Labor may specify.
    ``(c) Administration Through the Assistant Secretary of Labor for 
Veterans' Employment and Training.--The Secretary of Labor shall carry 
out this section through the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Veterans' 
Employment and Training.
    ``(d) Biennial Report to Congress.--Not less than every two years, 
the Secretary of Labor shall submit to Congress a report on the programs 
conducted under this section. The Secretary of Labor shall include in 
the report an evaluation of services furnished to veterans under this 
section and an analysis of the information collected under subsection 
(b).
    ``(e) Authorization of Appropriations.--(1) There are authorized to 
be appropriated to carry out this section amounts as follows:
            ``(A) $50,000,000 for fiscal year 2002.
            ``(B) $50,000,000 for fiscal year 2003.
            ``(C) $50,000,000 for fiscal year 2004.
            ``(D) $50,000,000 for fiscal year 2005.
            ``(E) $50,000,000 for fiscal year 2006.

    ``(2) Funds appropriated to carry out this section shall remain 
available until expended. Funds obligated in any fiscal year to carry 
out this section may be expended in that fiscal year and the succeeding 
fiscal year.

``Sec. 2022. Coordination of outreach services for veterans at risk of 
                        homelessness

    ``(a) Outreach Plan.--The Secretary, acting through the Under 
Secretary for Health, shall provide for appropriate officials of the 
Mental Health Service and the Readjustment Counseling Service of the 
Veterans Health Administration to develop a coordinated plan for joint 
outreach by the two Services to veterans at risk of homelessness, 
including particularly veterans who are being discharged or released 
from institutions after inpatient psychiatric care, substance abuse 
treatment, or imprisonment.
    ``(b) Matters To Be Included.--The outreach plan under subsection 
(a) shall include the following:
            ``(1) Strategies to identify and collaborate with non-
        Department entities used by veterans who have not traditionally 
        used Department services to further outreach efforts.
            ``(2) Strategies to ensure that mentoring programs, recovery 
        support groups, and other appropriate support networks are 
        optimally available to veterans.
            ``(3) Appropriate programs or referrals to family support 
        programs.
            ``(4) Means to increase access to case management services.
            ``(5) Plans for making additional employment services 
        accessible to veterans.

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            ``(6) Appropriate referral sources for mental health and 
        substance abuse services.

    ``(c) Cooperative Relationships.--The outreach plan under subsection 
(a) shall identify strategies for the Department to enter into formal 
cooperative relationships with entities outside the Department to 
facilitate making services and resources optimally available to 
veterans.
    ``(d) Review of Plan.--The Secretary shall submit the outreach plan 
under subsection (a) to the Advisory Committee on Homeless Veterans for 
its review and consultation.
    ``(e) Outreach Program.--(1) The Secretary shall carry out an 
outreach program to provide information to homeless veterans and 
veterans at risk of homelessness. The program shall include at a 
minimum--
            ``(A) provision of information about benefits available to 
        eligible veterans from the Department; and
            ``(B) contact information for local Department facilities, 
        including medical facilities, regional offices, and veterans 
        centers.

    ``(2) In developing and carrying out the program under paragraph 
(1), the Secretary shall, to the extent practicable, consult with 
appropriate public and private organizations, including the Bureau of 
Prisons, State social service agencies, the Department of Defense, and 
mental health, veterans, and homeless advocates--
            ``(A) for assistance in identifying and contacting veterans 
        who are homeless or at risk of homelessness;
            ``(B) to coordinate appropriate outreach activities with 
        those organizations; and
            ``(C) to coordinate services provided to veterans with 
        services provided by those organizations.

    ``(f) Reports.--(1) Not <<NOTE: Deadlines.>>  later than October 1, 
2002, the Secretary shall submit to the Committees on Veterans' Affairs 
of the Senate and House of Representatives an initial report that 
contains an evaluation of outreach activities carried out by the 
Secretary with respect to homeless veterans, including outreach 
regarding clinical issues and other benefits administered under this 
title. The Secretary shall conduct the evaluation in consultation with 
the Under Secretary for Benefits, the Department of Veterans Affairs 
central office official responsible for the administration of the 
Readjustment Counseling Service, the Director of Homeless Veterans 
Programs, and the Department of Veterans Affairs central office official 
responsible for the administration of the Mental Health Strategic Health 
Care Group.

    ``(2) Not later than December 31, 2005, the Secretary shall submit 
to the committees referred to in paragraph (1) an interim report on 
outreach activities carried out by the Secretary with respect to 
homeless veterans. The report shall include the following:
            ``(A) The Secretary's outreach plan under subsection (a), 
        including goals and time lines for implementation of the plan 
        for particular facilities and service networks.
            ``(B) A description of the implementation and operation of 
        the outreach program under subsection (e).
            ``(C) A description of the implementation and operation of 
        the demonstration program under section 2023 of this title.

    ``(3) Not later than July 1, 2007, the Secretary shall submit to the 
committees referred to in paragraph (1) a final report on

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outreach activities carried out by the Secretary with respect to 
homeless veterans. The report shall include the following:
            ``(A) An evaluation of the effectiveness of the outreach 
        plan under subsection (a).
            ``(B) An evaluation of the effectiveness of the outreach 
        program under subsection (e).
            ``(C) An evaluation of the effectiveness of the 
        demonstration program under section 2023 of this title.
            ``(D) Recommendations, if any, regarding an extension or 
        modification of such outreach plan, such outreach program, and 
        such demonstration program.

``Sec. 2023. Demonstration program of referral and counseling for 
                        veterans transitioning from certain institutions 
                        who are at risk for homelessness

    ``(a) Program Authority.--The Secretary and the Secretary of Labor 
(hereinafter in this section referred to as the `Secretaries') shall 
carry out a demonstration program for the purpose of determining the 
costs and benefits of providing referral and counseling services to 
eligible veterans with respect to benefits and services available to 
such veterans under this title and under State law.
    ``(b) Location of Demonstration Program.--The demonstration program 
shall be carried out in at least six locations. One location shall be a 
penal institution under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Prisons.
    ``(c) Scope of Program.--(1) To the extent practicable, the 
demonstration program shall provide both referral and counseling 
services, and in the case of counseling services, shall include 
counseling with respect to job training and placement (including job 
readiness), housing, health care, and other benefits to assist the 
eligible veteran in the transition from institutional living.
    ``(2)(A) To the extent that referral or counseling services are 
provided at a location under the program, referral services shall be 
provided in person during such period of time that the Secretaries may 
specify that precedes the date of release or discharge of the eligible 
veteran, and counseling services shall be furnished after such date.
    ``(B) The Secretaries may, as part of the program, furnish to 
officials of penal institutions outreach information with respect to 
referral and counseling services for presentation to veterans in the 
custody of such officials during the 18-month period that precedes such 
date of release or discharge.
    ``(3) The Secretaries may enter into contracts to carry out the 
referral and counseling services required under the program with 
entities or organizations that meet such requirements as the Secretaries 
may establish.
    ``(4) In developing the program, the Secretaries shall consult with 
officials of the Bureau of Prisons, officials of penal institutions of 
States and political subdivisions of States, and such other officials as 
the Secretaries determine appropriate.
    ``(d) Duration.--The authority of the Secretaries to provide 
referral and counseling services under the demonstration program shall 
cease on the date that is four years after the date of the commencement 
of the program.
    ``(e) Definition.--In this section, the term `eligible veteran' 
means a veteran who--

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            ``(1) is a resident of a penal institution or an institution 
        that provides long-term care for mental illness; and
            ``(2) is at risk for homelessness absent referral and 
        counseling services provided under the demonstration program (as 
        determined under guidelines established by the Secretaries).

                   ``SUBCHAPTER V--HOUSING ASSISTANCE

``Sec. 2042. Supported housing for veterans participating in compensated 
                        work therapies

    ``The Secretary may authorize homeless veterans in the compensated 
work therapy program to be provided housing through the therapeutic 
residence program under section 2032 of this title or through grant and 
per diem providers under subchapter II of this chapter.

``Sec. 2043. Domiciliary care programs

    ``(a) Authority.--The Secretary may establish up to 10 programs 
under section 1710(b) of this title (in addition to any program that is 
established as of the date of the enactment of this section) to provide 
domiciliary services under such section to homeless veterans.
    ``(b) Authorization of Appropriations.--There are authorized to be 
appropriated to the Secretary $5,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2003 
and 2004 to establish the programs referred to in subsection (a).

                   ``SUBCHAPTER VII--OTHER PROVISIONS

``Sec. 2061. Grant program for homeless veterans with special needs

    ``(a) Establishment.--The Secretary shall carry out a program to 
make grants to health care facilities of the Department and to grant and 
per diem providers in order to encourage development by those facilities 
and providers of programs for homeless veterans with special needs.
    ``(b) Homeless Veterans With Special Needs.--For purposes of this 
section, homeless veterans with special needs include homeless veterans 
who are--
            ``(1) women, including women who have care of minor 
        dependents;
            ``(2) frail elderly;
            ``(3) terminally ill; or
            ``(4) chronically mentally ill.

    ``(c) Funding.--(1) From amounts appropriated to the Department for 
`Medical Care' for each of fiscal years 2003, 2004, and 2005, $5,000,000 
shall be available for each such fiscal year for the purposes of the 
program under this section.
    ``(2) The Secretary shall ensure that funds for grants under this 
section are designated for the first three years of operation of the 
program under this section as a special purpose program for which funds 
are not allocated through the Veterans Equitable Resource Allocation 
system.

``Sec. 2062. Dental care

    ``(a) In General.--For purposes of section 1712(a)(1)(H) of this 
title, outpatient dental services and treatment of a dental condition

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or disability of a veteran described in subsection (b) shall be 
considered to be medically necessary, subject to subsection (c), if--
            ``(1) the dental services and treatment are necessary for 
        the veteran to successfully gain or regain employment;
            ``(2) the dental services and treatment are necessary to 
        alleviate pain; or
            ``(3) the dental services and treatment are necessary for 
        treatment of moderate, severe, or severe and complicated 
        gingival and periodontal pathology.

    ``(b) Eligible <<NOTE: Applicability.>>  Veterans.--Subsection (a) 
applies to a veteran--
            ``(1) who is enrolled for care under section 1705(a) of this 
        title; and
            ``(2) who, for a period of 60 consecutive days, is receiving 
        care (directly or by contract) in any of the following settings:
                    ``(A) A domiciliary under section 1710 of this 
                title.
                    ``(B) A therapeutic residence under section 2032 of 
                this title.
                    ``(C) Community residential care coordinated by the 
                Secretary under section 1730 of this title.
                    ``(D) A setting for which the Secretary provides 
                funds for a grant and per diem provider.

    ``(3) For purposes of paragraph (2), in determining whether a 
veteran has received treatment for a period of 60 consecutive days, the 
Secretary may disregard breaks in the continuity of treatment for which 
the veteran is not responsible.
    ``(c) Limitation.--Dental benefits provided by reason of this 
section shall be a one-time course of dental care provided in the same 
manner as the dental benefits provided to a newly discharged veteran.

``Sec. 2063. Employment assistance

    ``The Secretary may authorize homeless veterans receiving care 
through vocational rehabilitation programs to participate in the 
compensated work therapy program under section 1718 of this title.

``Sec. 2064. Technical assistance grants for nonprofit community-based 
                        groups

    ``(a) Grant Program.--The Secretary shall carry out a program to 
make grants to entities or organizations with expertise in preparing 
grant applications. Under the program, the entities or organizations 
receiving grants shall provide technical assistance to nonprofit 
community-based groups with experience in providing assistance to 
homeless veterans in order to assist such groups in applying for grants 
under this chapter and other grants relating to addressing problems of 
homeless veterans.
    ``(b) Funding.--There is authorized to be appropriated $750,000 for 
each of fiscal years 2002 through 2005 to carry out the program under 
this section.

``Sec. 2065. Annual report on assistance to homeless veterans

    ``(a) Annual <<NOTE: Deadline.>>  Report.--Not later than April 15 
of each year, the Secretary shall submit to the Committees on Veterans' 
Affairs of the Senate and House of Representatives a report on the 
activities of the Department during the calendar year preceding the 
report under programs of the Department under this chapter and other

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programs of the Department for the provision of assistance to homeless 
veterans.

    ``(b) General Contents of Report.--Each report under subsection (a) 
shall include the following:
            ``(1) The number of homeless veterans provided assistance 
        under the programs referred to in subsection (a).
            ``(2) The cost to the Department of providing such 
        assistance under those programs.
            ``(3) The Secretary's evaluation of the effectiveness of the 
        programs of the Department in providing assistance to homeless 
        veterans, including--
                    ``(A) residential work-therapy programs;
                    ``(B) programs combining outreach, community-based 
                residential treatment, and case-management; and
                    ``(C) contract care programs for alcohol and drug-
                dependence or use disabilities).
            ``(4) The Secretary's evaluation of the effectiveness of 
        programs established by recipients of grants under section 2011 
        of this title and a description of the experience of those 
        recipients in applying for and receiving grants from the 
        Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to serve primarily 
        homeless persons who are veterans.
            ``(5) Any other information on those programs and on the 
        provision of such assistance that the Secretary considers 
        appropriate.

    ``(c) Health Care Contents of Report.--Each report under subsection 
(a) shall include, with respect to programs of the Department addressing 
health care needs of homeless veterans, the following:
            ``(1) Information about expenditures, costs, and workload 
        under the program of the Department known as the Health Care for 
        Homeless Veterans program (HCHV).
            ``(2) Information about the veterans contacted through that 
        program.
            ``(3) Information about program treatment outcomes under 
        that program.
            ``(4) Information about supported housing programs.
            ``(5) Information about the Department's grant and per diem 
        provider program under subchapter II of this chapter.
            ``(6) The findings and conclusions of the assessments of the 
        medical needs of homeless veterans conducted under section 
        2034(b) of this title.
            ``(7) Other information the Secretary considers relevant in 
        assessing those programs.

    ``(d) Benefits Content of Report.--Each report under subsection (a) 
shall include, with respect to programs and activities of the Veterans 
Benefits Administration in processing of claims for benefits of homeless 
veterans during the preceding year, the following:
            ``(1) Information on costs, expenditures, and workload of 
        Veterans Benefits Administration claims evaluators in processing 
        claims for benefits of homeless veterans.
            ``(2) Information on the filing of claims for benefits by 
        homeless veterans.
            ``(3) Information on efforts undertaken to expedite the 
        processing of claims for benefits of homeless veterans.

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            ``(4) Other information that the Secretary considers 
        relevant in assessing the programs and activities.

``Sec. 2066. Advisory Committee on Homeless Veterans

    ``(a) Establishment.--(1) There is established in the Department the 
Advisory Committee on Homeless Veterans (hereinafter in this section 
referred to as the `Committee').
    ``(2) The Committee shall consist of not more than 15 members 
appointed by the Secretary from among the following:
            ``(A) Veterans service organizations.
            ``(B) Advocates of homeless veterans and other homeless 
        individuals.
            ``(C) Community-based providers of services to homeless 
        individuals.
            ``(D) Previously homeless veterans.
            ``(E) State veterans affairs officials.
            ``(F) Experts in the treatment of individuals with mental 
        illness.
            ``(G) Experts in the treatment of substance use disorders.
            ``(H) Experts in the development of permanent housing 
        alternatives for lower income populations.
            ``(I) Experts in vocational rehabilitation.
            ``(J) Such other organizations or groups as the Secretary 
        considers appropriate.

    ``(3) The Committee shall include, as ex officio members, the 
following:
            ``(A) The Secretary of Labor (or a representative of the 
        Secretary selected after consultation with the Assistant 
        Secretary of Labor for Veterans' Employment).
            ``(B) The Secretary of Defense (or a representative of the 
        Secretary).
            ``(C) The Secretary of Health and Human Services (or a 
        representative of the Secretary).
            ``(D) The Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (or a 
        representative of the Secretary).

    ``(4)(A) The Secretary shall determine the terms of service and 
allowances of the members of the Committee, except that a term of 
service may not exceed three years. The Secretary may reappoint any 
member for additional terms of service.
    ``(B) Members of the Committee shall serve without pay. Members may 
receive travel expenses, including per diem in lieu of subsistence for 
travel in connection with their duties as members of the Committee.
    ``(b) Duties.--(1) The Secretary shall consult with and seek the 
advice of the Committee on a regular basis with respect to the provision 
by the Department of benefits and services to homeless veterans.
    ``(2) In providing advice to the Secretary under this subsection, 
the Committee shall--
            ``(A) assemble and review information relating to the needs 
        of homeless veterans;
            ``(B) provide an on-going assessment of the effectiveness of 
        the policies, organizational structures, and services of the 
        Department in assisting homeless veterans; and
            ``(C) provide on-going advice on the most appropriate means 
        of providing assistance to homeless veterans.

    ``(3) The Committee shall--

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            ``(A) review the continuum of services provided by the 
        Department directly or by contract in order to define cross-
        cutting issues and to improve coordination of all services with 
        the Department that are involved in addressing the special needs 
        of homeless veterans;
            ``(B) identify (through the annual assessments under section 
        2034 of this title and other available resources) gaps in 
        programs of the Department in serving homeless veterans, 
        including identification of geographic areas with unmet needs, 
        and provide recommendations to address those gaps;
            ``(C) identify gaps in existing information systems on 
        homeless veterans, both within and outside the Department, and 
        provide recommendations about redressing problems in data 
        collection;
            ``(D) identify barriers under existing laws and policies to 
        effective coordination by the Department with other Federal 
        agencies and with State and local agencies addressing homeless 
        populations;
            ``(E) identify opportunities for increased liaison by the 
        Department with nongovernmental organizations and individual 
        groups providing services to homeless populations;
            ``(F) with appropriate officials of the Department 
        designated by the Secretary, participate with the Interagency 
        Council on the Homeless under title II of the McKinney-Vento 
        Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 11311 et seq.);
            ``(G) recommend appropriate funding levels for specialized 
        programs for homeless veterans provided or funded by the 
        Department;
            ``(H) recommend appropriate placement options for veterans 
        who, because of advanced age, frailty, or severe mental illness, 
        may not be appropriate candidates for vocational rehabilitation 
        or independent living; and
            ``(I) perform such other functions as the Secretary may 
        direct.

    ``(c) Reports.--(1) Not <<NOTE: Deadline.>>  later than March 31 of 
each year, the Committee shall submit to the Secretary a report on the 
programs and activities of the Department that relate to homeless 
veterans. Each such report shall include--
            ``(A) an assessment of the needs of homeless veterans;
            ``(B) a review of the programs and activities of the 
        Department designed to meet such needs;
            ``(C) a review of the activities of the Committee; and
            ``(D) such recommendations (including recommendations for 
        administrative and legislative action) as the Committee 
        considers appropriate.

    ``(2) Not <<NOTE: Deadline.>>  later than 90 days after the receipt 
of a report under paragraph (1), the Secretary shall transmit to the 
Committees on Veterans' Affairs of the Senate and House of 
Representatives a copy of the report, together with any comments and 
recommendations concerning the report that the Secretary considers 
appropriate.

    ``(3) The Committee may also submit to the Secretary such other 
reports and recommendations as the Committee considers appropriate.
    ``(4) The Secretary shall submit with each annual report submitted 
to the Congress pursuant to section 529 of this title a summary of all 
reports and recommendations of the Committee

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submitted to the Secretary since the previous annual report of the 
Secretary submitted pursuant to that section.
    ``(d) Termination.--The Committee shall cease to exist December 31, 
2006.''.
    (2) The tables of chapters before part I and at the beginning of 
part II are each amended by inserting after the item relating to chapter 
19 the following new item:

``20. Benefits for Homeless Veterans.............................2001''.

    (b) Health Care.--(1) Subchapter VII of chapter 17 is transferred to 
chapter 20 (as added by subsection (a)), inserted after section 2023 (as 
so added), and redesignated as subchapter IV, and sections 1771, 1772, 
1773, and 1774 therein are redesignated as sections 2031, 2032, 2033, 
and 2034, respectively.
    (2) Subsection (a)(3) of section 2031, as so transferred and 
redesignated, is amended by striking ``section 1772 of this title'' and 
inserting ``section 2032 of this title''.
    (c) Housing Assistance.--Section 3735 is transferred to chapter 20 
(as added by subsection (a)), inserted after the heading for subchapter 
V, and redesignated as section 2041.
    (d) Multifamily Transitional Housing.--(1) Subchapter VI of chapter 
37 (other than section 3771) is transferred to chapter 20 (as added by 
subsection (a)) and inserted after section 2043 (as so added), and 
sections 3772, 3773, 3774, and 3775 therein are redesignated as sections 
2051, 2052, 2053, and 2054, respectively.
    (2) Such subchapter is amended--
            (A) in the heading, by striking ``FOR HOMELESS VETERANS'';
            (B) in subsection (d)(1) of section 2051, as so transferred 
        and redesignated, by striking ``section 3773 of this title'' and 
        inserting ``section 2052 of this title''; and
            (C) in subsection (a) of section 2052, as so transferred and 
        redesignated, by striking ``section 3772 of this title'' and 
        inserting ``section 2051 of this title''.

    (3) Section 3771 is repealed.
    (e) Repeal of Codified Provisions.--The following provisions of law 
are repealed:
            (1) Sections 3, 4, and 12 of the Homeless Veterans 
        Comprehensive Service Programs Act of 1992 (Public Law 102-590; 
        38 U.S.C. 7721 note).
            (2) Section 1001 of the Veterans' Benefits Improvements Act 
        of 1994 (Public Law 103-446; 38 U.S.C. 7721 note).
            (3) Section 4111.
            (4) Section 738 of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance 
        Act (42 U.S.C. 11448).

    (f) Extension of Expiring Authorities.--Subsection (b) of section 
2031, as redesignated by subsection (b)(1), and subsection (d) of 
section 2033, as so redesignated, are amended by striking ``December 31, 
2001'' and inserting ``December 31, 2006''.
    (g) Clerical Amendments.--(1) The table of sections at the beginning 
of chapter 17 is amended by striking the item relating to subchapter VII 
and the items relating to sections 1771, 1772, 1773, and 1774.
    (2) The table of sections at the beginning of chapter 37 is 
amended--
            (A) by striking the item relating to section 3735; and

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            (B) by striking the item relating to subchapter VI and the 
        items relating to sections 3771, 3772, 3773, 3774, and 3775.

    (3) The table of sections at the beginning of chapter 41 is amended 
by striking the item relating to section 4111.

SEC. 6. EVALUATION CENTERS FOR HOMELESS VETERANS PROGRAMS.

    (a) Evaluation <<NOTE: 38 USC 2001 note.>>  Centers.--The Secretary 
of Veterans Affairs shall support the continuation within the Department 
of Veterans Affairs of at least one center for evaluation to monitor the 
structure, process, and outcome of programs of the Department of 
Veterans Affairs that address homeless veterans.

    (b) Annual Program Assessment.--Section 2034(b), as transferred and 
redesignated by section 5(b)(1), is amended--
            (1) by inserting ``annual'' in paragraph (1) after ``to make 
        an''; and
            (2) by adding at the end the following new paragraph:

    ``(6) The Secretary shall review each annual assessment under this 
subsection and shall consolidate the findings and conclusions of each 
such assessment into the next annual report submitted to Congress under 
section 2065 of this title.''.

SEC. 7. STUDY <<NOTE: 38 USC 2061 note.>>  OF OUTCOME EFFECTIVENESS OF 
            GRANT PROGRAM FOR HOMELESS VETERANS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS.

    (a) Study.--The Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall conduct a study 
of the effectiveness during fiscal year 2002 through fiscal year 2004 of 
the grant program under section 2061 of title 38, United States Code, as 
added by section 5(a), in meeting the needs of homeless veterans with 
special needs (as specified in that section). As part of the study, the 
Secretary shall compare the results of programs carried out under that 
section, in terms of veterans' satisfaction, health status, reduction in 
addiction severity, housing, and encouragement of productive activity, 
with results for similar veterans in programs of the Department or of 
grant and per diem providers that are designed to meet the general needs 
of homeless veterans.
    (b) Report.--Not <<NOTE: Deadline.>>  later than March 31, 2005, the 
Secretary shall submit to the Committees on Veterans' Affairs of the 
Senate and House of Representatives a report setting forth the results 
of the study under subsection (a).

SEC. 8. EXPANSION OF OTHER PROGRAMS.

    (a) Access to Mental Health Services.--Section 1706 is amended by 
adding at the end the following new subsection:
    ``(c) The Secretary shall ensure that each primary care health care 
facility of the Department develops and carries out a plan to provide 
mental health services, either through referral or direct provision of 
services, to veterans who require such services.''.
    (b) Comprehensive Homeless Services Program.--Subsection (b) of 
section 2033, as transferred and redesignated by section 5(b)(1), is 
amended--
            (1) by striking ``not fewer'' in the first sentence and all 
        that follows through ``services) at''; and
            (2) by adding at the end the following new sentence: ``The 
        Secretary shall carry out the program under this section in 
        sites in at least each of the 20 largest metropolitan 
        statistical areas.''.

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    (c) Access to Substance Use Disorder Services.--Section 1720A is 
amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:
    ``(d)(1) The Secretary shall ensure that each medical center of the 
Department develops and carries out a plan to provide treatment for 
substance use disorders, either through referral or direct provision of 
services, to veterans who require such treatment.
    ``(2) Each plan under paragraph (1) shall make available clinically 
proven substance abuse treatment methods, including opioid substitution 
therapy, to veterans with respect to whom a qualified medical 
professional has determined such treatment methods to be appropriate.''.

SEC. 9. COORDINATION OF EMPLOYMENT SERVICES.

    (a) Disabled Veterans' Outreach Program.--Section 4103A(c) is 
amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph:
            ``(11) Coordination of employment services with training 
        assistance provided to veterans by entities receiving funds 
        under section 2021 of this title.''.

    (b) Local Veterans' Employment Representatives.--Section 4104(b) is 
amended--
            (1) by striking ``and'' at the end of paragraph (11);
            (2) by striking the period at the end of paragraph (12) and 
        inserting ``; and''; and
            (3) by adding at the end the following new paragraph:
            ``(13) coordinate employment services with training 
        assistance provided to veterans by entities receiving funds 
        under section 2021 of this title.''.

SEC. 10. USE OF REAL PROPERTY.

    (a) Limitation on Declaring Property Excess to the Needs of the 
Department.--Section 8122(d) is amended by inserting before the period 
at the end the following: ``and is not suitable for use for the 
provision of services to homeless veterans by the Department or by 
another entity under an enhanced-use lease of such property under 
section 8162 of this title''.
    (b) Waiver of Competitive Selection Process for Enhanced-Use Leases 
for Properties Used To Serve Homeless Veterans.--Section 8162(b)(1) is 
amended--
            (1) by inserting ``(A)'' after ``(b)(1)''; and
            (2) by adding at the end the following:

    ``(B) In the case of a property that the Secretary determines is 
appropriate for use as a facility to furnish services to homeless 
veterans under chapter 20 of this title, the Secretary may enter into an 
enhanced-use lease with a provider of homeless services without regard 
to the selection procedures required under subparagraph (A).''.
    (c) Effective <<NOTE: Applicability. 38 USC 8162 note.>>  Date.--The 
amendments made by subsection (b) shall apply to leases entered into on 
or after the date of the enactment of this Act.

SEC. 11. MEETINGS OF INTERAGENCY COUNCIL ON HOMELESS.

    Section 202(c) of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 
U.S.C. 11312(c)) is amended to read as follows:
    ``(c) Meetings.--The Council shall meet at the call of its 
Chairperson or a majority of its members, but not less often than 
annually.''.

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SEC. 12. RENTAL ASSISTANCE VOUCHERS FOR HUD VETERANS AFFAIRS SUPPORTED 
            HOUSING PROGRAM.

    Section 8(o) of the United States Housing Act of 1937 (42 U.S.C. 
1437f(o)) is amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph:
            ``(19) Rental vouchers for veterans affairs supported 
        housing program.--
                    ``(A) Set aside.--Subject to subparagraph (C), the 
                Secretary shall set aside, from amounts made available 
                for rental assistance under this subsection, the amounts 
                specified in subparagraph (B) for use only for providing 
                such assistance through a supported housing program 
                administered in conjunction with the Department of 
                Veterans Affairs. Such program shall provide rental 
                assistance on behalf of homeless veterans who have 
                chronic mental illnesses or chronic substance use 
                disorders, shall require agreement of the veteran to 
                continued treatment for such mental illness or substance 
                use disorder as a condition of receipt of such rental 
                assistance, and shall ensure such treatment and 
                appropriate case management for each veteran receiving 
                such rental assistance.
                    ``(B) Amount.--The amount specified in this 
                subparagraph is--
                          ``(i) for fiscal year 2003, the amount 
                      necessary to provide 500 vouchers for rental 
                      assistance under this subsection;
                          ``(ii) for fiscal year 2004, the amount 
                      necessary to provide 1,000 vouchers for rental 
                      assistance under this subsection;
                          ``(iii) for fiscal year 2005, the amount 
                      necessary to provide 1,500 vouchers for rental 
                      assistance under this subsection; and
                          ``(iv) for fiscal year 2006, the amount 
                      necessary to provide 2,000 vouchers for rental 
                      assistance under this subsection.
                    ``(C) Funding through incremental assistance.--In 
                any fiscal year, to the extent that this paragraph 
                requires the Secretary to set aside rental assistance 
                amounts for use under this paragraph in an amount that 
                exceeds the amount set aside in the preceding fiscal 
                year, such requirement shall be effective only to such 
                extent

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                or in such amounts as are or have been provided in 
                appropriation Acts for such fiscal year for incremental 
                rental assistance under this subsection.''.

    Approved December 21, 2001.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY--H.R. 2716 (S. 739):
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HOUSE REPORTS: No. 107-241, Pt. 1 (Comm. on Veterans' Affairs).
SENATE REPORTS: No. 107-82 accompanying S. 739 (Comm. on Veterans' 
Affairs).
CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 147 (2001):
            Oct. 16, considered and passed House.
            Dec. 6, considered and passed Senate, amended.
            Dec. 11, House concurred in Senate amendment.

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