Veterans

May 29, 2013

HUD, VA team up to provide permanent homes to 9,000 homeless vets

Approximately 9,000 homeless Veterans living on the streets and in the nationís shelter system will soon find a permanent place to call home.

U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki announced May 29 that HUD will provide $60 million to local public housing agencies across the country to offer permanent supportive housing to homeless Veterans, many of whom are living with chronic disabling conditions.

The supportive housing 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. Since 2008, a total of 48,385 vouchers have been awarded and 42,557 formerly homeless Veterans are currently in homes because of HUD-VASH.

Donovan and Shinseki announced this additional support for homeless Veterans in an address to the National Coalition of Homeless Veterans conference May 29 in Washington, D.C.

It’s a national tragedy that those who served our Nation in uniform can end up living in our shelters or on our streets, said Donovan. ìToday we make another investment in meeting President Obamaís challenge that we end Veteran homelessness once and for all.

These HUD-VASH vouchers are a critical resource to accomplish our shared goal of ending Veteransí homelessness in 2015, Shinseki said. With the continued support of President Obama, Congress, and our community partners, we will end homelessness among Veterans and provide these brave men and women with the earned care and benefits that help them live productive, meaningful lives.

HUD-VASH is a critical part of the Obama Administrationís commitment to end Veteran and long-term chronic homelessness in 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 communities to confront the root causes of homelessness, especially among former servicemen and women. HUD’s annual ìpoint in timeî estimate of the number of homeless persons and families for 2012 found that Veteran homelessness fell by 7.2 percent (or 4,876 people) since January 2011 and by 17.2 percent since January 2009.† On a single night in January 2012, 62,619 veterans were homeless.

The grants announced today are part of $75 million appropriated this year to support the housing needs of homeless veterans.† Local public housing authorities provide rental assistance to homeless Veterans while nearby VA Medical Centers offer supportive services and case management. †This is the first round of the 2013 HUD-VASH funding.† HUD expects to announce more HUD-VASH funding this summer.

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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