The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs are financing $38 million to help a surplus of 5,200 homeless veterans find permanent housing. The HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing Program combines rental assistance from HUD with case management and clinical services provided by VA.
In working to reduce veteran homelessness, HUD-VASH provides funding for housing and supportive services which are essential for ending the homelessness of tens of thousands of nationwide veterans.
HUD-VASH is part of the Obama Administration’s efforts to provide critical housing and services to veterans experiencing homelessness and includes HUD’s Homeless Assistance Programs, VA’s Supportive Services for Veteran Families, and and Grant and Per Diem programs.
Supporting veterans who have bravely served our nation is a privilege AND a responsibility. More than 111,000 veterans already found homes through this program and thousands more will be able to start a new chapter in their lives. No veteran should ever have to refer to the streets as "home". Significant progress is being made community by community in preventing and ending veteran homelessness.
The housing voucher awards announced will provide thousands of veterans with access to affordable housing from HUD and wraparound services from VA in efforts to ensure that each veteran can remain stably housed.
More than 79,000 vouchers have been awarded and over 111,000 homeless veterans have been served through the HUD-VASH program since 2008. Rental assistance and supportive services provided through HUD-VASH are a critical resource for the fight against veeteran homelessness.
The Opening Doors: Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent & End Homelessness is the roadmap by which the federal government will travel between state and local communities addressing the root causees of homelessness, espcially in connection to former servicemen and women. In order to support communities in this fight, USICH has defined strategies which will increase collaboration and coordination among programs geared toward serving homeless veterans.
VA Medical Centers in the HUD-VASH program assess homeless veterans prior to referring them to local housing agencies for vouchers. Decisions are based on several factors, however the most important: duration of homelessness paired with the necessity for longer term, more intensive support for permanent housing. The HUD-VASH program includes the rental assistance the voucher provides and the comprehensive case management that offered by the VAMC staff.
Veterans participating in the HUD-VASH program rent privately owned housing and normally contribute no more than 30% income toward rent. VA offers eligible homeless veterans clinical and supportive services through via medical centers in U.S., Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.
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