HAUPPAUGE - There are an estimated 750 homeless veterans on Long Island, but Suffolk County lawmakers have unveiled a bill that seeks to make sure they have a place to call home.
The Housing Our Homeless Heroes Act would expand the county's workforce housing program to create housing for military veterans, and would make housing discrimination against veterans illegal.
It would also establish a portal on the county website to help veterans find services, and would appoint a veterans' service officer to work at the county's Department of Social Services to assist homeless veterans.
"This is not just about four walls and a roof, " says Legislator Steve Stern, who plans to introduce the bill next month. "When you want to take meaningful action to cure homelessness, this is the kind of coordinated effort it requires."
The bill must gain the approval of the Legislature. Stern expects it to pass.