June 4, 2010
HUD TO PROVIDE PERMANENT HOUSING TO NEARLY 8,000 HOMELESS VETERANS
$1.8 million HUD-VASH program to provide rental housing and support services to 175 Vets in D.C, Montgomery County and Prince Georges County
WASHINGTON - U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan announced Thursday that nearly 8,000 homeless veterans will get permanent housing assistance through a HUD rental assistance program that connects homeless veterans from local Veterans Affairs Medical Centers (VAMC) with rental assistance vouchers provided by local public housing agencies. HUD's Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing Program (HUD-VASH) will
provide local public housing agencies with $58.6 million in funding specifically targeted to assist homeless veterans in their area.
From that national pot, $1,205,610 million is earmarked for the D.C. Housing Authority to help 175 homeless veterans in Washington,$329,928 goes to the Housing Opportunity Commission of Montgomery County to help 25 veterans,
and $336,594 for the Housing Authority of Prince Georges County to help 25 additional veterans. For a local breakdown of the rental vouchers announced today, visit: HUD VASH.
"Though they served and sacrificed so much for our country, too many of our veterans find themselves on the
streets and in homeless shelters," said Donovan. "Thankfully, these vouchers will provide a more permanent solution
to housing and services these veterans need."
The grants announced today are part of a $75 million investment to support the needs of homeless veterans. HUD expects to announce a second round of funding for another 1,355 rental vouchers next month and an additional
400 project-based vouchers later this summer. Local public housing agencies that administer HUD's Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCV) work closely with VAMCs to manage the program. In addition to the rental assistance,
VAMCs provide supportive services and case management to eligible homeless veterans.
HUD allocates the housing vouchers to local public housing agencies, which are specifically targeted to homeless veterans based on a variety of factors, including the number of reported homeless veterans and the proximity of a local VAMC with the capacity to provide case management. Local communities that receive HUD homeless assistance will work with local VAMCs to identify eligible participants. VAMC case managers will also work directly with local housing agencies that are administering the HUD-VASH program to determine income eligibility and help participants find suitable housing. Veterans participating in the HUD-VASH program rent privately owned housing and generally contribute no more than 30 percent of their income toward rent. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
offers eligible homeless veterans clinical and supportive services through its medical centers across the U.S and Puerto Rico.
This is the third year HUD is supporting the housing and service needs of homeless veterans across America through HUD-VASH with a total investment of $225 million that will sustain approximately 30,000 rental assistance vouchers.
HUD is the nation's housing agency committed to sustaining homeownership; creating affordable housing opportunities for low-income Americans; and supporting the homeless, elderly, people with disabilities and people living with AIDS. The Department also promotes economic and community development ad enforces the nation's
fair housing laws. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet at www.hud.gov and espanol.hud.gov.