HUD Archives: News Releases

HUD No. 12-0305 
VA Contact: Josh Taylor (202) 461-7216
HUD Florida Contact (305) 520-5030
For Release
March 27, 2012

Latest estimate shows national veterans homelessness fell by nearly 12 percent

MIAMI, FL - U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki announced today that HUD will provide $5,534,582 to public housing agencies in Florida to supply permanent housing and case management for more than 825 homeless veterans in the state.

The permanent supportive housing assistance announced today is provided through HUD's Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing Program (HUD-VASH), a program administered by HUD, VA, and local housing agencies across the country.  See below chart of vouchers in Florida. See details of vouchers announced nationwide.

"It's a national disgrace that one out of every six men and women in our shelters once wore a uniform to serve our country," said HUD Secretary Donovan. "But we know that by providing housing assistance and case management services, we can significantly reduce the number of veterans living on our streets.  Working together, HUD, VA and local housing agencies are making real progress toward ending veteran homelessness once and for all." HUD Southeast Regional Administrator Ed Jennings Jr. added: "These grants are reducing the number of homeless veterans in Florida, and one day we will see this travesty end."

"Under the leadership of President Obama, we have made significant progress in the fight to end homelessness among veterans, but more work remains," said VA Secretary Shinseki. "The partnership between the federal government and community agencies across the country has strengthened all of our efforts to honor our veterans and keep us on track to prevent and eliminate veteran homelessness by 2015."

This funding to local housing agencies is 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 agreements to confront the root causes of homelessness, especially among former servicemen and women. 

The grants announced today are part of $75 million appropriated for Fiscal Year 2012 to support the housing needs of approximately 10,500 homeless veterans.  VA Medical Centers (VAMC) provide supportive services and case management to eligible homeless veterans. This is the first of two rounds of the 2012 HUD-VASH funding.  HUD expects to announce the remaining funding by the end of 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.


CITY HOUSING AUTHORITY VA MEDICAL CENTER # OF VOUCHERS 1 year budget authority for vouchers awarded
Jacksonville Jacksonville Housing Authority North FL/South GA HCS - Jacksonville OPC 100 $500,890
Tampa Tampa Housing Authority James A Haley VAMC 75 $481,405
Orlando Orlando Housing Authority Orlando VAMC 75 $518,201
Miami Miami Dade Public Housing and Community Dev Bruce W. Carter VAMC 75 $795,467
Daytona Beach Housing Authority of City of Daytona Beach Orlando VAMC/Daytona Beach CBOC 50 $262,150
West Palm Beach West Palm Beach Housing Authority West Palm Beach VAMC 60 $426,795
Ft. Lauderdale Housing Authority of the City of Fort Lauderdale Bruce A Carter VAMC /Broward Co. VA Clinic 50 $445,045
Panama City Panama City Housing Authority Gulf Coast HCS/Panama City OPC 15 $68,724
Titusville Housing Authority of the City of Titusville Orlando VAMC/Viera CBOC 25 $121,971
Ocala Ocala Housing Authority Malcolm Randall VAMC/Ocala CBOC 25 $124,997
Crestview/Fort Walton Crestview Housing Authority Gulf Coast HCS/Joint Ambulatory Care Center 15 $82,637
Ft. Myers Housing Authority of the City of Fort Myers Bay Pines VAMC/Ft. Myers CBOC 25 $165,548
St. Petersburg Pinellas County Housing Authority Bay Pines VAMC/St. Petersburg CBOC 100 $734,978
Gainesville Gainesville Housing Authority Malcolm Randall VAMC 100 $556,602
New Port Richey Pasco County Housing Authority James A Haley VAMC/New Port Richey CBOC 25 $193,683
Walton County/Fort Walton Walton County Housing Authority Gulf Coast HCS/Joint Ambulatory Care Center 10 $55,490
    Florida Total 825 $5,534,582


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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


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