El Paso Housing Authority Receives Additional Vouchers to Help Homeless Vets

El Paso Housing Authority Receives Additional Vouchers to Help Homeless Vets
Tuesday, November 15, 2011 - 1:35pm

EL PASO- The Housing Authority of the City of El Paso, Texas recently received notice of an additional 25 Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing Vouchers from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

This additional allotment brings the total number of HACEP’s VASH Vouchers to 120, which provides housing assistance to homeless veterans through a partnership with HACEP and the El Paso Veterans Affairs Health Care System.

The funding commitment for the VASH Vouchers are open ended and are portable, meaning the veterans may use them anywhere in the City or take them elsewhere if they move. Veterans will then pay no more than 30 percent of their adjusted income, while the VASH Voucher pays the remaining balance of their rent.

“Community awareness and partnerships among homeless assistance agencies are critical to the allocation of these vouchers,” said Mr. Cichon. “By nature of their homelessness, the veterans are part of a transient population and are often difficult to reach. These vouchers give them a base for the progression toward self-sufficiency, at which point that veteran’s voucher may be used for another veteran.”

According to the El Paso Coalition for the Homeless, over 100 veterans are living in emergency shelters or on the streets and another 50 or so are known to exist but cannot be counted. Homeless veterans may begin the admissions process to receive a VASH Voucher by contacting Sixto Gomez, Homeless Coordinator for the El Paso VA, at (915) 740-6161, or sixto.gomez@va.gov.

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