HUD, VA Work Together to Help Additional 2,000 Homeless Veterans
HUD and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently announced that they will partner to provide resources to help nearly 2,000 homeless veterans find and sustain permanent housing. The two agencies will be providing help for homeless veterans through the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program, combining HUD's rental assistance with the VA's case management and clinical services. In October 2013, the agencies awarded a combined $62 million in the form of HUD-VASH vouchers to 9,000 homeless veterans.
The agencies recently announced they will award an additional $13.5 million in HUD-VASH vouchers to assist 1,984 veterans with obtaining housing. The partnership between the two government agencies is part of HUD's focus of advancing policies that create opportunities for all Americans and is a step toward HUD's broader goal of ending veteran homelessness. In November, HUD announced a partnership with Washington, D.C.-based non-profit National League of Cities (NLC) with that goal in mind.