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HUD No. 14-094
Shantae Goodloe
(202) 708-0685
http://www.hud.gov/news/index.cfm
FOR RELEASE
Wednesday
August 6, 2014

HUD AND VA ANNOUNCE VOUCHERS TO HELP NEARLY 1,000
HOMELESS VETERANS FIND PERMANENT HOMES

Project-based HUD-VASH vouchers will help reach the goal of ending Veteran homelessness in 2015

WASHINGTON – 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