Turner Supports Veteran Preference in Senior Housing
Amendment Passes House
Washington, Jul 24 -
An amendment offered by Congressman Mike Turner, to facilitate the construction of veteran preference senior housing on the campus of the Dayton VA Medical Center, has passed the U.S. House of Representatives by voice vote today.
“The need for affordable senior housing in Dayton remains high and, unfortunately, bureaucratic red tape has so far prevented progress in forging an agreement to make this project a reality,” Congressman Turner said.
“My amendment brings two well-intentioned federal agencies together to assist the St. Mary Development Corporation to construct much-needed senior housing on the VA campus,” Turner added.
Because of its proposed location at the Dayton VA campus, this new housing requires approval from the Veterans’ Administration. Additionally, St. Mary has sought HUD financing to help complete the project. While the VA has given a green light for the new housing project, in the past HUD has asserted that the housing cannot contain a preference for veterans.
Congressman Turner’s amendment prohibits HUD funding from blocking veteran preference for housing at the Dayton VA campus.
Congressman Turner’s amendment was attached to the Departments of Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2010 which also passed the House Thursday evening.