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WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced $7 million to 24 local public housing agencies across the country to help nearly 1,000 homeless Veterans find permanent housing.  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 (see chart below).

Later this year, HUD anticipates awarding approximately 10,000 new HUD-VASH vouchers to build upon significant progress toward ending Veteran homelessness.  Since 2008, more than 59,000 vouchers have been awarded and 43,371 formerly homeless Veterans are currently in homes of their own because of HUD-VASH.  Rental assistance and support services provided through HUD-VASH are a critical resource for local communities in ending homelessness among our nation’s Veterans.

“We have made great progress, reducing homelessness among Veterans by 24 percent in just three years,” said HUD SecretaryJulián Castro.  “These vouchers will help communities build on these gains, providing targeted assistance to reach those in need. Ending homelessness is a top priority for me, and HUD looks forward to working with the Department of Veterans Affairs to ensure that every Veteran has a place to call home in the country they risked everything to protect.”

“VA, HUD and our federal, state and local partners should take pride in the progress made to reduce Veterans’ homelessness by 24 percent since 2010, but so long as there remains a Veteran that lives on our streets, we have more work to do,” said Carolyn M. Clancy, MD, Interim Under Secretary for Health. “These HUD-VASH vouchers are a vital tool in our effort to provide our Veterans with the earned care and benefits that help them live productive, meaningful lives.”

HUD-VASH is a critical part of the Obama Administration’s commitment to end Veteran 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 communities to confront the root causes of homelessness, especially among former servicemen and women.

As the former mayor of San Antonio, Secretary Castro was among the growing ranks of more than 180 mayors who joined the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness by the end of 2015 by using federal, local, and nonprofit resources.  Since 2010, the Obama Administration has reduced veteran homelessness by 24 percent. And while ending veteran homelessness by the end of 2015 is within reach, continued use of tools like HUD-VASH are central to reaching that goal.

In the HUD-VASH program, VA Medical Centers (VAMCs) work closely with homeless veterans before referring them to local housing agencies for these vouchers. Decisions are based on a variety of factors, most importantly the duration of the 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 and Puerto Rico.

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FY 2013 Project-based HUD-VASH voucher awards


 

State

Public Housing Authority

City

Partnering VA Medical Facility

# of Vouchers

Amount

AlabamaTuscaloosa Housing AuthorityTuscaloosaTuscaloosa DVAMC

50

$232,044

CaliforniaSan FranciscoSan FranciscoSan Francisco VAMC

75

$885,294

 Housing Authority County Of Los AngelesAlhambraDVA Los Angeles

38

$323,085

 Housing Authority City Of Los AngelesLos AngelesDVA Los Angeles

75

$715,770

 City Of San BuenaventuraVenturaDVA Los Angeles

4

$36,203

 Alameda CountyHaywardPalo Alto HCS

25

$264,327

 City Of Long BeachLong BeachDVA Long Beach

75

$640,764

FloridaJacksonville Housing AuthorityJacksonvilleN FL/S GA VAMC

75

$407,637

 Pinellas CountyLargoBay Pines VA HCS

16

$111,093

GeorgiaNW Georgia Housing AuthorityRomeDuluth DVA

25

$125,805

HawaiiHawaii Public Housing AuthorityHonoluluPacific Islands HCS

45

$396,641

IllinoisChicago Housing AuthorityChicagoJesse Brown VAMC

48

$417,669

 Cook CountyChicagoEdward Hines DVA

72

$563,708

MassachusettsNorthamptom Housing AuthorityNorthamptonVA Central Western MA

36

$187,078

MinnesotaMetropolitan Council HraSt. PaulMinneapolis DVAMC

20

$139,774

MissouriCity Of ColumbiaColumbiaHarry S. Truman DVA

25

$100,932

MontanaMontana DOC Public Housing AuthorityHelenaMontana HCS

40

$208,939

North CarolinaChatham CountySiler CityDurham VAMC

10

$62,323

New YorkNYC Dept. of Housing Preservation & DevelopmentNew York CityJames J. Peters VAMC

58

$503,208

OhioChillicothe Metro Housing AuthorityChillicotheChicolte DVAMC

31

$128,980

 Fairfield Metro Housing AuthorityLancasterChicolte DVAMC

5

$24,142

OregonDouglas CountyRoseburgRoseburg VAMC

54

$178,803

TennesseeMetropolitan DevelopmentNashvilleTennessee Valley DVA

32

$158,028

TexasHouston Housing AuthorityHoustonMichael E. DeBakey VAMC

22

$132,156

TOTAL

956

$6,944,403