U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, on Wednesday criticized a Republican budget proposal that would eliminate a grant program that provides housing vouchers for homeless veterans.

Brown, along with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, held a news conference in Washington to urge the continuation of the HUD-VASH program. It provides what are called Housing Choice Vouchers — rental assistance for homeless veterans, as well as case management and clinical services through the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The HUD-VASH program has kept 750 Ohio veterans off the streets in the past three years, Brown said.

The program has cost about $75 million a year for the past three years, Reid said, and has served 30,000 veterans across the country, among them John Paul Hill.

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