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HUD Region V No. 13-30
Laura J. Feldman (312) 913-8332
VA: Josh Taylor (202) 461-7216
FOR RELEASE
Wednesday
May 29, 2013

HUD & VA TEAM UP TO PROVIDE PERMANENT HOMES TO 270 HOMELESS VETS IN OHIO
HUD-VASH vouchers to build on 17 percent decline in veteran homelessness since 2009

CHICAGO - Approximately 270 homeless veterans living on the streets and in shelters in Ohio 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 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. Ohio will receive more than $1.35 million to assists its homeless veterans.

HUD-VASH funding to Ohio:

Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority Columbus OH Columbus VA Medical Center 60 $320,854
Youngstown Metropolitan Housing Authority Youngstown OH Cleveland VA Medical Center, Youngstown Outpatient Clinic (OPC) 20 $100,748
Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority Cleveland OH Cleveland VA Medical Center 75 $389,340
Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority Cincinnati OH Cincinnati VA Medical Center 30 $144,554
Dayton Metropolitan Housing Authority Dayton OH Dayton VA Medical Center 20 $81,888
Lorain Metropolitan Housing Authority Lorain OH Cleveland VA Medical Center, Lorain Community-Based Outreach Clinic 25 $129,780
Chillicothe Metropolitan Housing Authority Chillicothe OH Chillicothe VA Medical Center 15 $63,695
Clermont Metropolitan Housing Authority Batavia OH Cincinnati VA Medical Center, Clermont County Community-Based Outreach Clinic 10 $45,509
Fairfield Metropolitan Housing Authority Lancaster OH Chillicothe VA Medical Center, Lancaster Community-Based Outreach Clinic 15 $76,253
OH Total  270 $1,352,621

Ohio has received 1,130 vouchers since 2008.

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 for Homeless Veterans Annual Conference today in Washington. Find out how much of this assistance will help homeless veterans in your area.

"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."

"With programs like HUD-VASH, we will end veteran homelessness in Ohio by 2015 -- one veteran at a time," said Antonio R. Riley, HUD's Midwest Regional Administrator.

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 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 (VAMC) 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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VA is the federal government's second-largest cabinet office. Secretary Shinseki has outlined three key priorities for the department: increase Veteran access to VA services and benefits, eliminate the disability claims backlog, and end Veteran homelessness. VA provides health care to more than 6 million people each year, in 91 million outpatient visits and 960,000 hospitalizations. This year, VA will provide over $1 billion in specialized homeless program funding, more than $58 billion annually in disability pay and pensions to 4.5 million Americans, $10 billion in educational assistance, $1 billion for home loans and $2.6 billion for life insurance. More information about VA is available at www.va.gov.