Massachusetts House Passes Veterans Housing, Employment Bill

State House - 2BOSTON – A bill that aims to increase employment and housing opportunities for veterans passed the Massachusetts house this week.

Lawmakers unanimously approved the Housing, Operations, Military Service and Enrichment Act, or the HOME Act. The bill gives veterans preference for public housing in the Bay State and makes veterans a protected class when it comes to hiring purposes.

The proposal calls for the establishment of a new Office for State Veterans Home and Housing, under the umbrella of the Department of Veterans Services. The bill also includes assistance for widows of military members through real estate tax abatements, a provision that was supported by Brewster State Rep. Tim Whelan.

“The HOME Act seeks to address the needs of our veterans, particularly as it relates to housing,” Whelan said in a release. “With Memorial Day fast approaching, it’s only fitting that we take these steps now to recognize our veterans and remember the many sacrifices they have made on our behalf.”

The bill passed the house unanimously, and now moves to the senate.


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