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Washington, DC-The accomplishments of Veteran small business owners around the country were celebrated during National Veterans Small Business Week.

U.S. Small Business Administration district offices and resource partners nationwide hosted more than 100 local events, including entrepreneurship training such as Boots to Business: Reboot classes, veteran access to capital workshops, and government contracting roundtables.

Veteran entrepreneurship workshops were also held at U.S. military installations in Germany and Korea.  On Friday, the ABC television network hosted a special “Shark Tank(link is external)” episode featuring veteran entrepreneurs who pitched their business ideas.

“In a significant way, veteran small business owners continue to serve America in a big way by employing more than six million workers, running one of every 10 small companies and generating more than $1.2 trillion in receipts every year,” said SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet.  “National Veterans Small Business Week is a great opportunity to expand the ranks of veteran entrepreneurship.  We are proud of the men and women who continue to play such a critical role in the economic growth of our nation.”

In addition to the SBA’s district offices and resource partners, the White House, along with the Department of Veterans Affairs and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, are involved in supporting NVSBW events.

Each year the SBA helps more than 200,000 veterans, service-disabled veterans and reservists start and grow their small businesses.  To learn more about additional opportunities for veterans available through the SBA, visit the SBA website.

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

Alabama Tuscaloosa Housing Authority Tuscaloosa Tuscaloosa DVAMC

50

$232,044

California San Francisco San Francisco San Francisco VAMC

75

$885,294

  Housing Authority County Of Los Angeles Alhambra DVA Los Angeles

38

$323,085

  Housing Authority City Of Los Angeles Los Angeles DVA Los Angeles

75

$715,770

  City Of San Buenaventura Ventura DVA Los Angeles

4

$36,203

  Alameda County Hayward Palo Alto HCS

25

$264,327

  City Of Long Beach Long Beach DVA Long Beach

75

$640,764

Florida Jacksonville Housing Authority Jacksonville N FL/S GA VAMC

75

$407,637

  Pinellas County Largo Bay Pines VA HCS

16

$111,093

Georgia NW Georgia Housing Authority Rome Duluth DVA

25

$125,805

Hawaii Hawaii Public Housing Authority Honolulu Pacific Islands HCS

45

$396,641

Illinois Chicago Housing Authority Chicago Jesse Brown VAMC

48

$417,669

  Cook County Chicago Edward Hines DVA

72

$563,708

Massachusetts Northamptom Housing Authority Northampton VA Central Western MA

36

$187,078

Minnesota Metropolitan Council Hra St. Paul Minneapolis DVAMC

20

$139,774

Missouri City Of Columbia Columbia Harry S. Truman DVA

25

$100,932

Montana Montana DOC Public Housing Authority Helena Montana HCS

40

$208,939

North Carolina Chatham County Siler City Durham VAMC

10

$62,323

New York NYC Dept. of Housing Preservation & Development New York City James J. Peters VAMC

58

$503,208

Ohio Chillicothe Metro Housing Authority Chillicothe Chicolte DVAMC

31

$128,980

  Fairfield Metro Housing Authority Lancaster Chicolte DVAMC

5

$24,142

Oregon Douglas County Roseburg Roseburg VAMC

54

$178,803

Tennessee Metropolitan Development Nashville Tennessee Valley DVA

32

$158,028

Texas Houston Housing Authority Houston Michael E. DeBakey VAMC

22

$132,156

TOTAL

956

$6,944,403