On June 13, 2011, HUD and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs awarded FY 2010 Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing Program (HUD-VASH) project-based vouchers in the amount of $5.4 million to PHAs in 18 States to supply permanent housing and case management for 676 homeless Veterans. For a breakdown of the rental vouchers announced by HUD and VA today please go to: http://www.nahro.org/sites/default/files/searchable/HUDVashVoucherAwards.pdf HUD will announce the 2011 HUD-VASH funding during the summer.
“As our young men and women return from Afghanistan and Iraq, they deserve to be treated with dignity and honor. Yet our nation's Veterans are 50 percent more likely than the average American to become homeless,” said HUD Secretary Donovan. “These vouchers continue to get more of our Veterans off the streets and out of homeless shelters into permanent housing.”
“Our mission is to end Veterans’ homelessness,” said VA Secretary Shinseki. “This effort is an excellent example of how VA works with HUD and our community partners in that shared mission. The project-based vouchers will provide dedicated permanent housing for Veterans and allow them to live in support of each other, as neighbors.”
This funding to local housing authorities is part of the Obama Administration’s strategy 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.