H.R. 95 would increase the amount that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) pays to nonfederal entities to shelter and care for homeless veterans.
Specifically, the bill would increase the daily amount VA pays per veteran by 50 percent if the veteran is caring for a minor dependent while receiving housing or services from the nonfederal entity. On the basis of information from VA and the Department of Housing and Urban Development, CBO estimates that VA would pay an average of $4,000 more per person for roughly 600 veterans with minor dependents, each year. Thus, implementing the bill would cost $14 million over the 2020-2024 period, CBO estimates; such spending would be subject to the availability of appropriated funds. (See Table 1.)