For the fourth consecutive year Congressman John K. Delaney has authored an amendment to the Department of Defense (DOD) budget to increase federal support for the Fisher House Foundation, a non-profit that partners with the federal government to provide free lodging near hospitals for the families of veterans and active duty service-members receiving medical care.
Delaney’s amendment, which doubles funding for Fisher House from $5 million to $10 million was passed on the House floor on June 15, 2016. The overall DOD passed the House of Representatives the next day on June 16. The Delaney Amendment is designed to help Fisher House build new facilities in response to the growing need nationwide. Earlier this year, Delaney led a bipartisan letter to House leaders calling for increased support for the program.
Fisher House lodging is 100% free and offers families apartment style facilities, typically within walking distance of hospitals. There are currently 70 houses in operation and since 1990 over 277,000 families have been served. Fisher House is rated a four star charity by Charity Navigator. In partnership with the federal government, Fisher House builds the houses, then donates them to the government as a permanent asset benefit veterans and military families.