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Advisory Committee on Homeless Veterans; Notice of Meeting

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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) gives notice under Public Law 92-463 (Federal Advisory Committee Act) that a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Homeless Veterans will be held from Wednesday, February 16, 2005, through Friday, February 18, 2005. The Committee will meet at 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day in the Tropical Room at the Caribe Hilton Hotel, San Geronimo Grounds, Las Rosales Street, San Juan, Puerto Rico 00901. The meeting is open to the public.

The purpose of the Committee is to advise the Secretary of Veterans Affairs with an ongoing assessment of the effectiveness of the policies, organizational structures, and services of the Department in assisting homeless veterans. The Committee shall assemble and review information relating to the needs of homeless veterans and provide ongoing advice on the most appropriate means of providing assistance to homeless veterans. The Committee will make recommendations to the Secretary regarding such activities.

On February 16, 2005, the Committee will receive reports from program experts, assess the availability of health care and benefit services, review the Capital Asset Realignment for Enhanced Services (CARES) project and other initiatives designed to assist veterans who are homeless. On February 17 and 18 the Committee will review legislative recommendations and work on its annual report.

Those wishing to attend the meeting should contact Mr. Pete Dougherty, Designated Federal Officer, at (202) 273-5764. No time will be allocated for receiving oral presentations during the public meeting. However, the Committee will accept written comments from interested parties on issues affecting homeless veterans. Such comments should be referred to the Committee at the following address: Advisory committee on Homeless Veterans, Homeless Veterans Programs Office (075D), U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, 810 Vermont Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20420.

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Dated: January 11, 2005.

By Direction of the Secretary.

E. Philip Riggin,

Committee Management Officer.

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[FR Doc. 05-981 Filed 1-18-05; 8:45 am]