On Nov. 27, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 6328, The Clothe a Homeless Hero Act, which was introduced by Rep. Kathy Hochul.
The legislation will require the Transportation Security Administration to partner with the Department of Veterans Affairs and local charities to distribute unclaimed clothing left at airport security checkpoints to homeless and needy veterans and veterans' families. The bill passed by voice vote with strong support from members of both parties.
"As cold weather approaches across much of the country, this legislation will be a greatly needed help for homeless veterans while we work to end homelessness for good. It is unconscionable that so many of our veterans are homeless, and we must support our returning heroes. I am proud that my legislation to assist veterans passed with the bipartisan support of my colleagues," Hochul said.
According to the VA, approximately 75,000 veterans are homeless on any given night, and about 20,000 veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have been homeless within the last five years.