2015-02-18 / Political Page

Vallone’s Veterans Reporting Bill Brought To Hearing


Councilmember Paul Vallone’s Veterans Reporting Bill brought to a hearing of the City Council Committee on Veterans will require the reporting of veterans receiving agency services. Councilmember Paul Vallone’s Veterans Reporting Bill brought to a hearing of the City Council Committee on Veterans will require the reporting of veterans receiving agency services. The February 10 hearing of the City Council Committee on Veterans focused on Councilmember Paul Vallone’s bill that would require the reporting from certain city agencies of the number of veterans receiving their services. New York City is home to nearly 200,000 veterans, with many of those who served in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and Operation Iraqi Freedom soon to join this population. Many of these veterans will face challenges as they return home and readjust to civilian life, seeking access to employment, education, and health services, as well as other social support systems. In order to efficiently provide the resources and support system necessary to serve these men and women returning from active duty, the city needs to have the necessary data on the number of veterans receiving these benefits.

Vallone’s bill will require the Mayor’s Office of Operations to report to the Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Veterans Affairs (MOVA), the Veteran’s advisory board and the City Council several pieces of data. This data would include: the total number of veterans residing in Mitchell-Lama housing for the prior year; the total number of applications received by Housing Preservation & Development (HPD) for Mitchell-Lama housing from households containing at least one veteran in the prior year; the total number of vending licenses provided by DCA to veterans in the prior year; the total number of veterans who submitted an application to DCA for a vending license in the prior year; the total number of veterans residing in NYCHA housing utilizing a HUD-VASH voucher in the prior year; and the total number of veterans receiving services through HRAoperated job centers in the prior year.

“We recognize the need to improve tools for identifying veterans and tracking needs, services, and outcomes,” stated Loree Sutton, Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Veterans’ Affairs. “This data will provide a useful overview that will inform our actions as well as provide insights for the other organizations whose services, support and advocacy encompass these domains.”

“We need to ensure that every veteran who comes home to NYC is given every opportunity to prosper. However, our city cannot begin tackling this issue without having information on the number of veterans that rely on these critical services,” said Vallone. “This data will go a long way toward allowing the Council and Administration to make effective and fruitful efforts at ensuring that veterans are taking full advantage of the services offered to them, and I look forward to working with my colleagues to ensure this bill passes.”

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