Navy veteran Stephen Matthews, 55, doesn’t want to see a system changed that has helped him and many others. “There are other programs they could cut. We don’t need to go to Mars,” he said, referring to legislation Trump signed last week adding human exploration of the red planet to NASA’s mission. “Don’t eliminate these programs that are helping people.” Matthews was homeless last year and now uses a federal rental assistance voucher to help pay for his apartment in Rhode Island. Some advocates fear that in addition to the loss of the council, fewer rental assistance vouchers will be available for the homeless. The budget proposes a 13.2 percent cut to the Housing and Urban Development Department. The number of homeless veterans nationwide is down 47 percent, or about 35,000 people, since 2010, but there are roughly 40,000 more, HUD said in August. Homelessness among veterans is effectively ended in Virginia, Connecticut and Delaware and in about 40 communities, according to the council, including New Jersey’s most populous county. “We would not have dared to attempt such a bold goal without their leadership,” said Julia Orlando, director of the Housing, Health and Human Services Center in Bergen County. The council ensures agencies aren’t duplicating spending and efforts, or spending money at cross-purposes, and it serves as a clear way into the federal process for communities tackling the issue, said Jake Maguire, spokesman for the nonprofit Community Solutions, which does similar work to tackle homelessness. He’s hopeful the president, a businessman, will learn more about the council and keep it. “I think anyone who has worked in business knows that if you have 19 people working on something,” he said, “you need someone coordinating that work.” Copyright 2017 by The Associated Press.
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