On April 9, Peter H. Dougherty, the Director of Homeless Veterans Programs at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provided testimony before the House Veterans Affairs Committee on the various VA homeless programs. In his testimony he provided an update on the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supported Housing (HUD-VASH) program. He stated that the VA is “starting to hire nearly 300 case managers who will provide case management services to those veterans who are eligible for VA health care to ensure that they have access to all needed health care and services.” His full comments on this program included:
HUD-Veterans Affairs Supported Housing (HUD-VASH)
VA recognizes HUD’s long-standing support of the HUD-VASH program. This very successful partnership links the provision of VA case management services with permanent housing in order to assist the homeless veterans. HUD and VA hope to continue this valuable program, subject to the availability of resources. Last December, Congress appropriated funds to create about 10,000 units of permanent housing under the Housing Voucher Choice program. We are working closely with our colleagues at HUD and expect that thousands of veterans will be able to use these vouchers to move into housing by summer. We are starting to hire nearly 300 case managers who will provide case management services to those veterans who are eligible for VA health care to ensure that they have access to all needed health care and services.
The Administration has proposed in HUD’s budget adding an additional 9,800 units of permanent housing next year. If that occurs, we will make sure these additional veterans receive the appropriate case management services.