Yesterday, it was announced that for the second time the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program will supply funding to local public housing agencies across the U.S. and Puerto Rico. The Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Veterans Affairs stated the $7.8 million will provide housing and clinical services for 1,120 currently homeless veterans.
The HUD-VASH program which provides combine rental assistance from HUD with case management and clinical services has provided 58,140 vouchers and 43,371formerly homeless veterans with homes of their own since 2008.
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. Veterans participating in the HUD-VASH program rent privately owned housing and generally contribute no more than 30 percent of their income toward rent.
HUD’s annual “point in time” estimate that on a single night in January 2012, 62,619 veterans were homeless, a decrease of 7.2 percent since January 2011.