HUD, VA TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL HOUSING AND SUPPORT FOR HOMELESS VETS

HUD, VA TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL HOUSING AND SUPPORT FOR HOMELESS VETS

Total 2012 investment at $75 million that will house 10,450

WASHINGTON, DC – June 13, 2012 – (RealEstateRama) — U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki announced today that HUD will provide an additional $2.5 million to public housing agencies to supply housing and case management for 380 homeless veterans. (See list below.) This funding is part of a total $75 million the Obama Administration is investing this year to house 10,450 homeless veterans who might otherwise be living on the streets.

The permanent supportive housing assistance announced today is provided through HUD’s Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing Program (HUD-VASH), a program administered by HUD, VA, and local housing agencies to provide permanent housing with case management and other supportive services for homeless veterans across the country.

“Our latest count shows that homelessness among veterans has fallen by 12 percent,” said Donovan. “Thanks to HUD, VA and local public housing authorities working collaboratively with VA medical centers, we’re offering homes, along with critically needed supportive services, to veterans who sacrificed themselves for all Americans.”

“Through HUD-VASH we will accomplish our goal – to prevent and eliminate veteran homelessness by 2015 and improve quality of life for veterans” said VA Secretary Shinseki. “No one, especially veterans who have faithfully served our country, should become homeless. VA is committed to providing veterans and their families with access to affordable housing and medical services that will help them get back on their feet.”

This funding to local housing agencies is part of the Obama Administration’s commitment to end Veteran and long-term chronic homelessness by 2015.  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 agreements to confront the root causes of homelessness, especially among former servicemen and women. HUD’s annual “point in time” estimate of the number of homeless persons and families for 2011 found that veteran homelessness fell by nearly 12 percent (or 8,834 people) since January 2010.

Earlier this year, HUD and VA announced $72.6 million in HUD-VASH funding to public housing agencies in all 50 states and the District of Columbia to house more than 10,000 homeless veterans.  VA Medical Centers (VAMC) provide supportive services and case management to eligible homeless veterans.

VAMCs work closely with homeless veterans then refer them to public housing agencies for these vouchers, based upon a variety of factors, most importantly the duration of the homelessness and the need for longer term more intensive support to obtain and maintain permanent housing.  The HUD-VASH program includes both the rental assistance the voucher provides and the comprehensive case management that VAMC staff provides.

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 and Puerto Rico.

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HUD’s mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. HUD is working to strengthen the housing market to bolster the economy and protect consumers; meet the need for quality affordable rental homes: utilize housing as a platform for improving quality of life; build inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination; and  transform the way HUD does business. More information about HUD and its programs is available at www.hud.govand espanol.hud.gov.  You can also follow HUD on twitter @HUDnews, on facebook at www.facebook.com/HUD, or sign up for news alerts on HUD’s News Listserv.

VA is the federal government’s second-largest cabinet office.  Secretary Shinseki has outlined three key priorities for the department: increase Veteran access to VA services and benefits, eliminate the disability claims backlog, and end Veteran homelessness.  VA provides health care to more than 6 million people each year, in 91 million outpatient visits and 960,000 hospitalizations. This year, VA will provide over $1 billion in specialized homeless program funding, more than $58 billion annually in disability pay and pensions to 4.5 million Americans, $10 billion in educational assistance, $1 billion for home loans and $2.6 billion for life insurance. More information about VA is available at www.va.gov.

HUD-VASH FY2012 (Round 2) Grantee list below.

HUD-VASH FY 2012 Funding (Round 2)

STATE

CITY

HOUSING AUTHORITY

PARTNERING VA
MEDICAL CENTER

# OF
VOUCHERS

1-YEAR
FUNDING

California Eureka County of Humboldt
Housing Authority
San Francisco VAMC/
Eureka CBOC
25 $145,837
  Oakland Alameda County
Housing Authority
Palo Alto VAMC/
Fremont CBOC.
25 $279,249
California
Total
      50 $425,086
Illinois Chicago Chicago Housing Authority Jesse Brown VAMC
Chicago
35 $269,345
Kentucky Cincinnati Boone County Fiscal Court Cincinnati VAMC/
Florence CBOC
20 $114,063
  Cincinnati Covington Community
Development Authority
Cincinnati VAMC/
Bellevue CBOC
25 $83,588
Kentucky
Total
      45  $197,651
Louisiana New Orleans Housing Authority of
New Orleans
SE Louisiana HCS 25 $180,830
Minnesota Rochester Olmsted County Housing
& Redevelopment Authority
Minneapolis VAMC
(Rochester)
10 $62,168
Missouri St. Louis St. Louis Housing Authority St. Louis VAMC 25 $153,675
New Jersey Camden Housing Authority of the
City of Camden
Philadelphia VAMC 50 $312,094
Ohio Cleveland Cuyahoga Metropolitan
Housing Authority
Louis Stokes VAMC 25 $131,417
Pennsylvania Philadelphia Philadelphia  Housing
Authority
Philadelphia VAMC 75 $544,757
Puerto Rico San Juan Puerto Rico Department
of Housing
VA Caribbean HCS 15 $81,477
Wisconsin Milwaukee/
Waukesha
Community Development
Authority of the City of
West Allis
Clement J. Zablcoki
VAMC Milwaukee
25 $149,095
 TOTAL 380 $2,507,595

Contact:
HUD: Donna White (202) 708-0685
VA: Josh Taylor (202) 461-7216
HUD No. 12-099

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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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