The U.S. House recently passed a bill introduced by 4th District Congressman Jim Himes meant to make it easier for veterans to secure housing. The SERVE Act requires the Department of Veteran Affairs make documentation of Post 9/11 GI Bill monthly housing stipend accessible and available online. Student veterans will use this documentation to provide needed verification to housing agents, leasing companies, apartment managers, and landlords.
Himes noted that veterans and their families face real challenges when they transition to civilian life, and Congress has a responsibility to help them.
The issue was brought up to Himes during conversations with student veterans throughout Southwest Connecticut. Nicholas Quinzi, a Marine and founder of the Student Veterans Club at Sacred Heart University, expressed that his top priority would be fixing the lack of verification for the monthly housing stipend.