NJ Receives 94 New HUD-VASH Vouchers For Homeless Veterans

HUD and VA Team Up to
Provide Permanent Housing

NJ Receives 94 New HUD-VASH Vouchers For Homeless VeteransIn the ongoing effort to end veteran homelessness, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced nearly $65 million to help more than 9,300 homeless veterans find a permanent place to call home.

New Jersey will receive $908,821 to provide vouchers and services for 94 veterans.

Since the HUD-VASH program was implemented, New Jersey has received a total of 1,109 vouchers. Funding recipients in the Philadelphia, PA and Wilmington, DE regions may also be providing housing and services to homeless veterans in New Jersey.

The rental assistance is provided through the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) Program combining HUD rental assistance with case management and clinical services provided by VA.

In New Jersey, the Long Branch Housing Authority and the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs will receive the funding and partner with VA Medical facilities.

According to a report in Star-Ledger the vouchers will be targeted to specific communities:

  • Jersey City – $66,000
  • Newark – $104,292
  • New Brunswick – $66,368
  • Atlantic City – $47,405

The balance of $464,472 will be distributed statewide.

HUD-VASH reduces veteran homelessness through providing funding for both the housing and supportive services that essential for ending homelessness for tens of thousands of veterans nationwide.

With HUD celebrating its 50th anniversary, Secretary Castro is focused on advancing policies that create opportunities for all Americans, including the broader administration goal of ending homelessness among veterans.

HUD-VASH is an important part of the Obama Administration’s efforts to provide critical housing and services to veterans experiencing homelessness. This effort also includes HUD’s Homeless Assistance Programs, as well as VA’s Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) and Grant and Per Diem (GPD) programs.

“Our nation has a sacred responsibility to support the brave men and women who served with honor, courage and distinction. These vouchers will help thousands of veterans start a new chapter in their lives and build for the future. We look forward to partnering with communities to ensure that every veteran can secure this opportunity and have a place to call home.”

Said Secretary Castro.

“The Department of Veterans Affairs, Housing and Urban Development and our federal and local partners should be proud of the gains made reducing veteran homelessness, but so long as there remains a veteran living on our streets, we have more work to do. The vouchers made available today are a vital tool to making sure veterans across the country have a home.”

Said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald.

Since 2008, more than 69,000 vouchers have been awarded and over 88,000 homeless veterans have been served through the HUD-VASH program. Rental assistance and supportive services provided through HUD-VASH are a critical resource for local communities in ending homelessness among our nation’s Veterans.

Click here for more from HUD.

Please click here for a state by state listing of awards.

Click here for the Star-Ledger article.

Click here to read Congressman Pallone’s announcement of the Long Branch Housing Authority award.

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  1. I have just been placed on HUD VASH, but there is a great problem. I need to know why they want to take my social security check to pay the rent each month. Can someone please help me and they told me that I signed a paper and if I don’t accept it, I will lose my HUD VASH

    • Roberta, I am not sure but sometimes they ask that they be the ones to manage your finances. Our understanding is this is voluntary.