HUD Region VI: 13-47
Patricia Campbell/Scott Hudman
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May 29, 2013
HUD & VA TEAM UP TO PROVIDE PERMANENT HOMES TO 30 HOMELESS VETS IN FAYETTEVILLE
Total number of HUD/VASH vouchers in Fayetteville now 115; in Arkansas, 315
LITTE ROCK - Approximately 30 homeless veterans living on the streets and in shelters in Fayetteville 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. The Fayetteville Housing Authority will receive $112,125 to fund an additional 30 vouchers for its homeless veterans, bringing the total number of HUD/VASH vouchers awarded to Fayetteville since 2008 to 115.
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 toaccomplish 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 (www.usich.gov/PDF/FactSheetVeterans.pdf) 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.
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