HUD and VA Team Up to Help
Veterans Find Permanent Homes
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced more than $62 million to help more than 9,000 homeless veterans find permanent supportive housing.
The rental assistance 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.
New Jersey will receive 75 of these new vouchers awarded by HUD. Nationally, HUD is awarding $57 million to support 8,276 Tenant-Based Vouchers for rental units in the private market, and $5 million for 730 Project-Based Vouchers (PBV) for existing units or new construction in specific developments.
Since 2008, more than 59,000 vouchers have been awarded and over 74,000 homeless veterans have been served through the HUD-VASH program. Since the HUD-VASH program was implemented, New Jersey has received a total of 1,015 vouchers.
Rental assistance and support services provided through HUD-VASH are a critical resource for local communities in ending homelessness among our nation’s veterans.
“It is unacceptable that after their service and sacrifice, too many of our veterans find themselves living on our streets and in our shelters. We’ve made significant progress reducing homelessness among veterans by a third in just four years, and these vouchers will continue to help communities build on these gains, providing targeted assistance to those in need to ensure that every veteran has a home.”
Said HUD Secretary Julian Castro.
“As long as there remains a single veteran living on our streets, there is more work to be done. HUD-VASH vouchers are a vital tool in our efforts to reduce veteran homelessness.”
Said VA Secretary Robert McDonald welcoming the progress made with HUD and local partners under the leadership of President Obama.
“As Americans, the idea that anyone who has worn our country’s uniform spends their nights sleeping on the ground should horrify us. And so it is truly our duty to right this wrong and put an end to veteran homelessness once and for all.”
As First Lady Michelle Obama said in a Joining Forces speech in July 2014.
President Obama has asked for an additional $75 million for HUD-VASH vouchers to serve veterans experiencing homelessness in his fiscal year 2015 budget request to Congress.
Last month, HUD, VA and USICH released a new national estimate of veteran homelessness in the United States. In January of 2014, thousands of cities and counties across the country reported 49,933 homeless veterans, a decline of 33 percent (or 24,837 people) since 2010. This includes a nearly 40 percent drop in the number of unsheltered veterans sleeping on the street.
Click here for the VA’s press release.
Click here for the state-by-state announcements.
Click here for more details about how the HUD-VASH program is working to end veterans homelessness in New Jersey.