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Wednesday
May 29, 2013

  HUD & VA TEAM UP TO PROVIDE PERMANENT HOMES TO 175 HOMELESS VETS IN LOUISIANA
New Orleans, Kenner, Rapides Parish, and Bossier Parish Receive Grants
Total number of HUD/VASH vouchers awarded in Louisiana since 2008 now 1,030

NEW ORLEANS – Approximately 175 homeless veterans living on the streets and in shelters in Louisiana will soon find a permanent place to call home.  U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Eric K. Shinseki announced today that HUD will provide $60 million nationally to local public housing agencies across the country to provide permanent supportive housing to homeless veterans, many of whom are living with chronic disabling conditions. Louisiana will receive $997,037 to assist its homeless veterans.  A chart listing the Louisiana grantees follows.

The grants announced today are part of $75 million appropriated this year to support the housing needs of homeless veterans through the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) Program.  Local public housing authorities provide rental assistance to homeless veterans while nearby VA Medical Centers (VAMC) offer supportive services and case management.  This is the first round of the 2013 HUD-VASH funding, and HUD expects to announce more HUD-VASH funding this summer. Nationally, since 2008, a total of 48,385 vouchers have been awarded and 42,557 formerly homeless veterans are currently in homes nationally because of HUD-VASH. 

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. Donovan and Shinseki announced this additional support for homeless veterans in an address to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans Annual Conference today in Washington. 

"Our veterans have answered the call of duty. That’s why our nation has its own duty – to help homeless servicemen and women rejoin the very communities they have given so much to protect," said Donovan. "These grants make it possible to help more veterans obtain housing, bringing us steps closer to our goal of ending veteran homelessness by 2015."

"These HUD-VASH vouchers are a critical resource to accomplish our shared goal of ending Veterans’ 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 Administration’s commitment to end Veteran and long-term chronic 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. HUD’s annual “point in time” 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 following chart lists the Louisiana housing authorities awarded vouchers, the VA Medical Centers that provide the case management, the number of vouchers awarded today, and the amount of voucher funding: 

Housing Authority of New Orleans

New Orleans

New Orleans VA Medical Center

90 Vouchers

$625,358

Housing Authority of the City of Kenner

Kenner

New Orleans VA Medical Center

15 Vouchers

$87,789

Housing Authority of Rapides Parish

Boyce

Alexandria VA Medical Center

30 Vouchers

$111,367

Bossier Parish Section 8 Program

Bossier City

Shreveport VA Medical Center

40 Vouchers

$172,523

Total for Louisiana

175 Vouchers

$997,037

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