Homeless Veterans Receive Funds for Housing

Helping Homeless Veterans Find Permanent Homes and Employment

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and Department of Veterans Affairs have announced $38 million in awards to help 5,200 homeless veterans find permanent housing.

The rental assistance is provided through the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) Program.

New Jersey received over $350,000 in Funding. Gloucester County and Camden Philadelphia Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center received 19 new vouchers and the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs and New Jersey Health Care System/Lyons Campus received 22 new vouchers.

“Supporting the brave men and women who served our nation is not only our honor but also our responsibility. Joining the more than 111,000 formerly homeless veterans who have already found homes through this successful program, thousands more brave veterans will be able to start a new chapter in their lives. It’s a privilege to partner with communities dedicated to ensuring that no veteran has to call the streets their home.”

Said Secretary Julián Castro.

“Community by community, we’re making significant progress preventing and ending homelessness among Veterans. The housing voucher awards announced today will provide thousands of the most vulnerable Veterans with access to affordable housing from HUD and wraparound services from VA so that each one can become and remain stably housed.”

Said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald.

U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez announced the award of $36 million in Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program grants today to help an estimated 17,000 veterans successfully transition to sustainable housing and good civilian jobs.

In New Jersey, Volunteers of America Delaware Valley received $185,000 to serve Camden.

The grants will fund a variety of services to assist homeless veterans in their return to the labor force including occupational, classroom and on-the-job training, as well as job search and placement assistance.

“Veterans homelessness is a moral outrage and it hurts the economy as well. We know that America works best when we field a full team, and veterans are some of our most valuable players. When a lack of stable housing is keeping highly skilled veterans out of the workforce, we all lose out on their gifts and talents.”

Said the secretary.

He announced the grants at the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans‘ annual conference today.


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