Homeless veterans to receive houses in El Paso


POSTED: Monday, June 10, 2013 - 6:47pm

UPDATED: Monday, June 10, 2013 - 8:59pm

Dozens of homeless veterans in El Paso may soon have a place to live. The city's housing authority has received an additional 25 veterans housing vouchers from the federal government.The HUD-VASH program provides housing to veterans who qualify.

Applicants must have a job or be actively looking for work. Qualifying veterans will pay no more than 30 percent of their income for rent. The voucher will pick up the balance.

"This is not a handout to someone undeserving of it. This is for someone who's made a critical commitment to this country in our time of need. Now we have an obligation to them to see our part of the bargain," said U.S. Representative Beto O'Rourke.

"Yes, the program works. It definitely works, but you have to be doing something. You have to try and get a job. You have to go to school. You have to do something for yourself. It doesn't do everything for you. It helps you help yourself," said Kenneth Crawford, a previous recipient of the program.  

145 vouchers have already been handed out to homeless veterans in El Paso since the program began in 2008, but its estimated there are another 158 veterans living in homeless shelters or on the streets.

Homeless veterans may begin the admissions process to receive a VASH Voucher by contacting Javier Tosky, HUD-VASH Coordinator for the El Paso VA, at (915) 526-2836, or javier.tosky@va.gov.

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