HUD AND VA ANNOUNCE ADDITIONAL SUPPORT TO HELP HOMELESS VETERANS FIND PERMANENT HOMES

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (RealEstateRama) — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced a second round of funding to help provide permanent homes to an estimated 108 veterans experiencing homelessness in seven states.  The rental assistance announced today is provided through the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) Program which combines rental assistance from HUD with case management and clinical services provided by VA (see attached list of HUD’s voucher awards).

Recently, HUD, VA and the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) announced the number of veterans experiencing homelessness in the United States has been cut nearly in half since 2010. The data revealed a 17 percent decrease in veteran homelessness between January 2015 and January 2016—quadruple the previous year’s annual decline—and a 47 percent decrease since 2010. Additionally, while answering the Obama administration’s Mayor’s Challenge to end Veteran’s Homelessness, several mayors have declared their cities have officially ended it.

“There is momentum across the nation as community after community effectively ends veteran homelessness,” said Secretary Julián Castro. “Today’s funding will help more cities reach this important goal and ensure that we serve the brave men and women who have served and sacrificed for us. HUD and its local partners are determined to give every veteran the opportunity to secure a safe, stable place to call home.”

“The dramatic reduction in Veteran homelessness in recent years would not have been possible without the pairing of housing choice vouchers with case management and supportive services under the HUD-VASH program to help the most vulnerable Veterans become and remain stably housed,” said VA Secretary Robert A. McDonald.   “The HUD-VASH awards announced today will support the ongoing and important work underway to ensure that homelessness among Veterans is rare and non-recurring.”

In June, HUD awarded nearly $38 million to help more than 5,200 homeless veterans find homes. That funding ensured that communities could provide the critically needed housing assistance and case management services to those veterans and their families experiencing homelessness.

In 2010, President Obama and 19 federal agencies and offices that form the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) launched the nation’s first comprehensive strategy to prevent and end homelessness. Opening Doors: Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness serves as a roadmap for how the federal government will work with state and local communities to confront the root causes of homelessness, especially among former servicemen and women. To support communities as they progress towards the goal of ending veteran homelessness, USICH has identified strategies that increase collaboration and coordination among programs serving veterans experiencing homelessness.

Since 2008, more than 79,000 vouchers have been awarded and approximately 111,000 homeless veterans have been served through the HUD-VASH program. Rental assistance and supportive services provided through HUD-VASH are a critical resource for local communities in ending homelessness among our nation’s Veterans.

In the HUD-VASH program, VA Medical Centers (VAMCs) assess veterans experiencing homelessness before referring them to local housing agencies for these vouchers. Decisions are based on a variety of factors, most importantly the duration of homelessness and the need for longer term, more intensive support in obtaining and maintaining permanent housing. The HUD-VASH program includes both the rental assistance the voucher provides and the comprehensive case management that VAMC staff offers.

Veterans participating in the HUD-VASH program rent privately owned housing and generally contribute no more than 30 percent of their income toward rent. VA offers eligible homeless veterans clinical and supportive services through its medical centers across the U.S., Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

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State

PHA Name

City

VAMC/CBOC

Location

# Vouchers

Award Amount

California Alameda County Housing Authority Hayward Northern California Health Care System/Oakland Behavioral
Health Clinic
Oakland

19

$             216,600

Contra Costa
Housing Authority
Martinez Northern California Health Care System/Oakland Behavioral
Health Clinic
Oakland

19

$             247,152

Georgia Housing Authority
of DeKalb County
Decatur Atlanta VA Medical Center Atlanta

5

$               34,860

East Point Housing Authority East Point Atlanta VA Medical Center Atlanta

5

$               37,440

Kentucky Paducah Housing Authority Paducah Marion IL VA Medical Center/Paducah Community-Based Outpatient Clinic Northern Kentucky/Southern Illinois/
Southern Indiana

5

$               19,920

Covington Housing Authority Kenton Cincinnati VA Medical Center/Bellevue Community-Based Outpatient Clinic Covington and Cincinnati

12

$               58,320

Michigan Kent County Housing Commission Grand Rapids Battle Creek VA Medical Center/Wyoming VA
Health Care Center
Grand Rapids

10

$               69,480

North Dakota Minot Housing Authority Minot Fargo Health Care
System/Minot Community-
Based Outpatient Clinic
Minot

6

$               42,984

Pennsylvania Harrisburg Housing Authority Harrisburg Lebanon VA Medical
Center/Camp Hill Community-Based Outpatient Clinic
Harrisburg

17

$             100,980

Tennessee Knoxville’s Community Development Corp. Knoxville Mountain Home VA Medical Center/Knoxville
Outpatient Clinic
Knoxville

10

$               43,320

TOTAL

108

$871,056

Shantae Goodloe
202-708-0685
http://www.hud.gov/news/index.cfm

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U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is the nation’s housing agency committed to increasing homeownership, particularly among minorities; creating affordable housing opportunities for low-income Americans; and supporting the homeless, elderly, people with disabilities and people living with AIDS. The Department also promotes economic and community development, and enforces the nation’s fair housing laws.

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