Author: Calderon R
BILL NUMBER: SB 1198 INTRODUCED
INTRODUCED BY Senator Calderon
FEBRUARY 22, 2012
An act to add Section 711 to the Military and Veterans Code, relating to
LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST
SB 1198, as introduced, Calderon. Department of Veterans Affairs: publicity of
benefit programs for homeless veterans.
Existing law establishes the Department of Veterans Affairs within state
government and sets forth its powers and duties, including, but not limited to,
administration of veterans benefits programs.
This bill would require the department to publicize information pertaining to
benefits that are available to qualified homeless veterans, including, but not
limited to, the veterans pension programs administered by the United States
Department of Veterans Affairs and the Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing
voucher program. This bill would require the department to publicize this
information using printed material, its Internet Web site, and other forms of
media, as specified.
The bill would also require the information to state that veterans may receive
assistance from a county veterans service office in applying for any benefits
that they may be qualified to receive.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
SECTION 1. Section 711 is added to the Military and Veterans Code, to read:
711. (a) The department shall publicize information pertaining to benefit
programs that are available to qualified homeless veterans, including, but not
limited to, all of the following:
(1) The veterans pension programs administered by the United States Department
of Veterans Affairs (38 U.S.C. Sec. 1501 et seq.), especially the eligibility
for those veterans that are 65 years of age or older or are permanently and
(2) The Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing voucher program (Public Law
110-161), and any programs that assist homeless veterans in securing rental
(3) CalFresh (Chapter 10 (commencing with Section 18900) of Part 6 of Division
9 of the Welfare and Institutions Code).
(b) The department shall publicize this information using all of the following
(1) Printed material, including, but not limited to, flyers and posters, with
the information that can be provided to county veterans service offices,
homeless shelters, Veterans Affairs hospitals, and other public and private
entities that come into contact with homeless veterans.
(2) On the department's Internet Web site.
(3) Any other media under which promotional material or information for
Veterans' Farm and Home Purchase Act of 1974, and subsequent acts, which are
collectively referred to as the CalVet Home Loan program, is distributed. The
department shall, to the extent possible, publicize that veterans not eligible
for loans under the CalVet Home Loan Program may be eligible for housing
assistance under the Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing voucher program.
(4) Any other method that the department determines would publicize and create
awareness to homeless veterans about the benefit programs available to them.
(c) The information shall also state that veterans may receive assistance from
a county veterans service office in applying for any benefits that they may be
qualified to receive.