HUD & VA Announce First Round of FY11 VASH Allocations
HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan and VA Secretary Eric Shinseki announced that HUD will provide $46.2 million to public housing agencies (PHAs) in all 50 states and the District of Columbia to supply permanent housing and case management for 6,790 homeless veterans in America through HUD's Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) Program.
This funding to local PHAs is part of the Obama Administration's commitment to end Veteran and long-term chronic homelessness by 2015, and is part of $50 million appropriated for Fiscal Year 2011 to support the housing needs of 6,900 homeless Veterans. 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.
Working closely with local Veterans Affairs Medical Centers (VAMCs), local PHAs will target these grants specifically to homeless veterans in their area. Homeless veterans are referred to PHAs for these vouchers and rent privately owned housing, generally contributing no more than 30 percent of their income toward rent. VA Medical Centers (VAMCs) provide supportive services and case management to eligible homeless veterans.