FORT WORTH – Homeless veterans may soon be getting the help they deserve.
U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced today that it will provide 600 new Section 8 vouchers to public housing agencies in Texas to supply permanent housing and case management for homeless veterans.
This funding, from HUD’s Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing Program (HUD-VASH), is a coordinated effort by HUD, VA, and local housing agencies to provide permanent housing for homeless veterans.
The grants are part of $50 million appropriated for 2011 to support the housing needs of 6,900 homeless veterans nationally. This is the first of two rounds of the 2011 HUD-VASH funding. HUD expects to announce the remaining funding by the end of this summer.
Veterans participating in the HUD-VASH program rent privately owned housing and generally contribute no more than 30 percent of their income toward rent.
“Over the past three years, HUD helped thousands of homeless veterans find a permanent place to call home while VA provided medical treatment, case management and other services to address their specific needs,” said HUD Secretary Donovan. “We have no greater mission than to prevent and end homelessness, especially for those brave men and women who risked their lives to protect our nation”
This funding to local housing agencies is part of the Obama Administration’s commitment to end Veteran and long-term chronic homelessness by 2015.