TRENTON — The state Senate Military and Veterans Affairs Committee approved Sen. Colin Bell’s legislation to combat homelessness of military veterans.

Bell’s bill, approved Monday with a 4-0 vote, would allow counties to prioritize grants from county homelessness trust funds for veterans, according to a statement.

Over the course of my career in government, I have worked hard make sure we provide care for the men and women who served in the Armed Forces. As a freeholder, I tried to allocate funds specifically for veterans from the county homelessness trust fund but was told we could not. This is a simple fix that will allow counties across the state to improve their efforts to protect veterans from homelessness,” said Bell, D-Atlantic.

The trust funds may be used to develop affordable housing, provide rental assistance and provide supportive and preventative services to aid the homeless or those at risk of homelessness.

The bill heads to the full Senate for a vote.

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