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

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

HUD-VASH vouchers build on national effort to end veteran homelessness

WASHINGTON, D.C. – July 21, 2015 – (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 funding to help provide permanent homes to an estimated 122 veterans experiencing homelessness in eight 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).

This year marks the 50th anniversary of HUD and Secretary Julián Castro is focused on advancing policies that create opportunities for all Americans, including the broader Administration goal of ending homelessness among veterans.

“Today is another important step in honoring the service and sacrifice of the brave men and women of our Armed Forces,” said Secretary Julián Castro.  “HUD and its local partners are determined to give every veteran the opportunity to secure a safe and stable place to call home.”

“The Department of Veterans Affairs, Housing and Urban Development and our federal and local partners should be proud of the gains made reducing veteran homelessness,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald, “but so long as there remains a veteran living on our streets, we have more work to do. The vouchers made available today are a vital tool to making sure veterans across the country have a home.”

In April, HUD awarded $65 million to help more than 9,300 homeless veterans find a home. 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 90,000 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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HUD’s mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all.
More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet
at 
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Fiscal Year 2015 HUD-VASH Awards (Second Round)

STATE

PUBLIC HOUSING AUTHORITY

CITY

VA MEDICAL CENTER

# OF VOUCHERS

AMOUNT

Alabama Housing Authority of the Birmingham District Birmingham Birmingham VA Medical Center

5

$24,392

Colorado Adams County Housing Authority Commerce City Eastern Colorado VA Health Care System Denver

38

$253,778

Florida Crestview Housing Authority Crestview Gulf Coast VA Health Care System/Egland CBOC

10

$60,331

Georgia Georgia Residential Finance Atlanta Carl Vinson (Dublin) VA Medical Center

10

$52,039

Iowa City of Iowa City Housing Authority Iowa City Iowa City VA Health Care System

10

$48,784

New Jersey Camden Housing Authority Camden Philadelphia VA Medical Center

24

$158,700

Oregon

 

Umatilla County Housing Authority Umatilla Walla Walla VA Medical Center

10

$44,578

Pennsylvania

 

Housing Authority of the County of Lebanon Lebanon Lebanon VA Medical Center/Lancaster Community-Based Outpatient Clinic

5

$24,227

Housing Authority of the County of Lebanon Lebanon Lebanon VA Medical Center/Camp Hill Community-Based Outpatient Clinic

10

$48,454

TOTAL

122

$715,28

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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