David Saks: HUD & VA ANNOUNCE VOUCHERS TO HELP HOMELESS VETS GET PERMANENT HOMES

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HUD & VA ANNOUNCE VOUCHERS TO HELP HOMELESS VETS GET PERMANENT HOMES

                                                                                                           

HUD: Brian Sullivan (202) 708-0685                                                                FOR RELEASE

VA:    Victoria Dillon (202) 461-7983                                                                Wednesday      

HUD No. 13-127                                                                                              August 21, 2013

 

HUD & VA ANNOUNCE MORE VOUCHERS TO HELP HOMELESS VETS GET INTO PERMANENT HOMES

HUD-VASH vouchers to build on 17 percent decline in veteran homelessness since 2009

 

WASHINGTON – The U.S.  Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced the second round of HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) funding to local public housing agencies across the U.S. and Puerto Rico.  The $7.8 million will provide housing and clinical services for 1,120 currently homeless veterans.  In May of this year, the two agencies announced $60 million in HUD-VASH vouchers.  See state/local distribution of the assistance announced today.

The supportive housing assistance announced today is provided through theHUD-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 58,140 vouchers have been awarded and 43,371formerly homeless veterans are currently in homes of their own because of HUD-VASH. 

“Our nation’s veterans have sacrificed and given up so much for our freedom,” said HUD Secretary Donovan. “These vouchers are helping America end veterans’ homelessness one veteran at a time until we see not one veteran living on the street.  I look forward to continue working with Secretary Shinseki and the Department of Veterans Affairs to target assistance to our homeless veterans.  ” 

"These HUD-VASH vouchers are a vital tool in our effort to provide these brave men and women with the earned care and benefits that help them live productive, meaningful lives," said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki.  “So long as a single Veteran lives on our streets, we have work to do.  But with the continued support of President Obama, Congress and our community partners, we will end homelessness among Veterans.”

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 second round of the 2013 HUD-VASH funding.  HUD expects to announce more HUD-VASH funding this year.  

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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Comment balloon 4 commentsDavid Saks • August 23 2013 11:50AM

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This is a very cool program, I will see if any are for Silicon Valley.

Posted by MichelleCherie Carr Crowe Just Call...408-252-8900, Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years (Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty) over 6 years ago

It's a good thing, Michelle. Great way to help those who need help.

Posted by David Saks ((retired)) over 6 years ago

David -- love the title about "Permanent Homes" - and then to read the article and find out it is
 applicable to rentals only.  Wonder why they don't do more outreach to help many of these guys get into their own homes, with VA loan, where they can build some equity?

Posted by Steven Cook (No Longer Processing Mortgages.) over 6 years ago

They're off the street, Steven, thanks to the vouchers. 30% towards the rent is a great opportunity. I can't speak for HUD, but I don't believe they meant anything other than the fact that a homeless serviceman or woman finally can say that he or she has a place to rest his or her head, and for as long as they continue to meet the terms required of their lease. But I agree. The HUD press release header is ambiguous. That's how it arrived. I still think it's great. But being homeless won't get someone into a position to become a homeowner without a responsible source of income. Hence, the VA and HUD pouring money into home acquisition, as opposed to rental, wouldn't get these guarantees from jobless, homeless veterans. A rental program is less of a gamble to a landlord with vouchers assuring payment. A lender has more risk to battle. 

Posted by David Saks ((retired)) over 6 years ago

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