House approves disabled veterans housing bill

WASHINGTON — The House on Monday approved legislation promoted by U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Dardanelle, that would provide greater help to severely disabled veterans seeking housing assistance.

The bill would discount “in-home aid and attendance-care payments” that severely disabled veterans receive from qualifying income for federal housing aid.

“These pensions are provided out of medical necessity and should not be considered disposable income. Including them in income calculations skews eligibility and wrongly reduces the housing assistance that would otherwise be available to thousands of disabled veterans,” Cotton said on the House floor.

Reps. Joe Heck, R-Nev., and Jim Renacci, R-Ohio, introduced the legislation to instruct the Department of Housing and Urban Development not to consider aid and attendance benefits in determining veteran housing subsidies.

The bill was approved by voice vote.