HUD Archives: News Releases

HUD No. 18-004
Charles McNally
(212) 542-7647
For Release
April 6, 2018


NEW YORK - In an effort to end veteran homelessness, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today awarded more than $1.7 million to six local public housing agencies (PHAs), as well as New York State Homes and Community Renewal and the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development to provide permanent homes for 182 veterans experiencing homelessness. 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.

A component of the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program, the HUD-VASH vouchers being awarded today enable homeless veterans to obtain affordable, decent housing in the private market. These vouchers are critical tools in helping communities effectively end homelessness among veterans. See local funding chart below.

"Our nation's veterans deserve more than a life on the streets," said HUD Secretary Ben Carson. "There is no greater responsibility than to end veteran homeless and to make certain that those who have served our nation have a home they can call their own."

"This administration's continued commitment of federal resources to end veterans homelessness is a sign of unwavering support for our military," said Lynne Patton, HUD Regional Administrator for New York and New Jersey. "I'm proud New York has taken a national leadership role in providing veterans with permanent supportive housing to honor their sacrifice."

New York has been among the most successful states nationally in reducing veteran homelessness, with a 78% reduction statewide since 2011. Several communities have met the criteria established by the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness to declare veteran homelessness effectively eliminated, including Albany, Binghamton, Troy, Schenectady, Saratoga Springs, Syracuse, Rochester, and both counties spanning Long Island. HUD has funded over 5,300 HUD-VASH vouchers in New York over the last decade in addition to the award announced today. Rental assistance and supportive services provided through HUD-VASH are a critical resource for local communities in ending homelessness among our nation's veterans.

In the HUD-VASH program, VAMCs assess veterans experiencing homelessness before referring them to local housing agencies for these vouchers. Decisions are based on a variety of factors, most importantly the duration of homelessness and the need for longer term, more intensive support in obtaining and maintaining permanent housing. The HUD-VASH program includes both the rental assistance the voucher provides and the comprehensive case management that VAMC staff offers.

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, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

Housing Authority Partnering VA Medical Facility
Number of Vouchers
Albany Housing Authority Albany
City of Glens Falls Housing Authority Albany
New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development Bronx
New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development New York Harbor Healthcare System
New York City Housing Authority Bronx
New York City Housing Authority New York Harbor Healthcare System
New York State Housing Trust Fund Corporation Northport
Plattsburgh Housing Authority Albany
Schenectady Housing Authority Albany
Troy Housing Authority Albany
New York State Total


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