HUD & VA Announce $65 Million in Rental Assistance Through HUD-VASH Program
On April 20, 2015, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced nearly $65 million in rental assistance to help more than 9,300 homeless veterans through the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) Program. In the HUD-VASH program, VA Medical Centers (VAMCs) assess veterans experiencing homelessness before referring them to local Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) for these vouchers. Decisions are based on a variety of factors including the duration of homelessness and the need for longer term, more intensive support in obtaining and maintaining permanent housing. The HUD-VASH program includes both the rental assistance the voucher provides and the comprehensive case management that VAMC staff offers. Since 2008, more than 69,000 vouchers have been awarded and over 88,000 homeless veterans have been served through the HUD-VASH program. Rental assistance and supportive services provided through HUD-VASH are a critical resource for local communities in ending homelessness among our nation's Veterans.