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  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Announce Additional Funding to Help More Homeless Veterans in Rural Areas Find Permanent Homes




    U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Announce Additional Funding to Help More Homeless Veterans in Rural Areas Find Permanent Homes



    HUD provides HUD-VASH vouchers to help 529 homeless Veterans in rural areas




    December 23, 2016


    Washington, DC - - (December 22, 2016) - - In a continuing effort to help end veteran homelessness, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announce $2.9 million to local public housing agencies across the country to provide a permanent home to 529 veterans and their families who are experiencing homelessness in rural areas (see attached list below).

    The supportive housing assistance announced today is provided through the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) Program which combines rental assistance from HUD with case management and clinical services provided by VA. See local funding chart below. This year, HUD awarded approximately $60 million to support more than 8,000 veterans and their families. HUD-VASH ensures that veterans experiencing homelessness receive both the housing and services to live stably in their own homes.

    “Homelessness is not unique to our big cities so as we work to end veteran homelessness, we must reach out to those vets living in rural areas as well,” said HUD Secretary Julián Castro. “As a top priority of this Administration, we’ve dramatically reduced veteran homelessness in this country because we have a clear responsibility to serve those who served our nation.”

    “As a nation, we rightly made a commitment to help Veterans exit homelessness regardless of the communities where they settle after military service,” said VA Secretary Robert A. McDonald. “We have followed through on that commitment by reducing Veteran homelessness nearly in half nationwide. But much of that progress has come in urban areas so the HUD-VASH awards announced today, which benefit more than 40 rural communities where affordable housing is scarce, are a necessary step in the vital work of taking care of the women and men who bravely served us all.”

    Since 2010, the Obama Administration and 19 federal agencies and offices that form the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) launched the nation's first comprehensive strategy to prevent and end homelessness. Opening Doors: Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness serves as a roadmap for how the federal government will work with state and local communities to confront the root causes of homelessness, especially among former servicemen and women.

    More than 87,000 vouchers have been awarded and over 120,000 homeless veterans have been served through the HUD-VASH program since 2008. Rental assistance and supportive services provided through HUD-VASH are a critical resource for local communities in ending homelessness among our nation's veterans.

    In the HUD-VASH program, VA Medical Centers (VAMCs) assess veterans experiencing homelessness before referring them to local housing agencies for these vouchers. Decisions are based on a variety of factors, most importantly 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.

    Veterans participating in the HUD-VASH program rent privately owned housing and generally contribute no more than 30 percent of their income toward rent. VA offers eligible homeless veterans clinical and supportive services through its medical centers across the U.S., Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.






    HUD-VASH RURAL AWARDS
    State
    Public Housing Authority
    Partnering VA Medical Center/Community
    -Based Outpatient Clinic
    Number of Vouchers
    Award
    Amount
    Alabama
    Phenix City Housing Authority Montgomery
    10
    $48,733
    South Central
    Housing Authority
    Montgomery
    5
    $22,159
    Alabama
    Total
    15
    $70,892
    Arkansas
    Russellville Housing Authority Central Arkansas
    Healthcare System
    9
    $24,289
    Arkansas
    Total
    9
    $24,289
    Arizona
    City of Flagstaff
    Housing Authority
    Northern Arizona
    Healthcare System
    20
    $184,711
    County of Cochise
    PHA
    Southern Arizona
    Healthcare System
    8
    $40,031
    Arizona
    Total
    28
    $224,742
    California
    City of Crescent City Housing Authority Roseburg
    Healthcare System
    18
    $92,342
    Housing Authority
    County of Kern
    Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System
    11
    $54,263
    County of San Bernardino Housing Authority Loma Linda
    Healthcare System
    11
    $90,192
    County of San Joaquin Housing Authority Palo Alto
    8
    $68,742
    County of Butte Housing Authority Northern California Healthcare System
    8
    $42,242
    California Total
    56
    $347,781
    Colorado
    Colorado Division of Housing Eastern Colorado
    Healthcare System
    8
    $52,270
    Colorado Total
    8
    $52,270
    Delaware
    Delaware State Housing Authority Wilmington
    8
    $51,935
    Delaware Total
    8
    $51,935
    Florida
    NW Florida Regional Housing Authority North Florida/
    South Georgia
    Healthcare System
    8
    $38,673
    Florida Total
    8
    $38,673
    Hawaii
    Hawaii Public Housing Authority Pacific Islands
    Healthcare System
    20
    $189,098
    Hawaii Total
    20
    $189,098
    Kentucky
    Pike County Housing Authority Huntington
    18
    $68,072
    Kentucky Housing Corporation Tennessee Valley
    Healthcare System
    8
    $42,477
    Kentucky Total
    26
    $110,549
    Louisiana
    Hammond Housing Authority Southeast Louisiana Healthcare System
    8
    $38,226
    Louisiana Total
    8
    $38,226
    Maryland
    Maryland Dept. of Housing & Community Development Maryland Healthcare
    System
    8
    $41,472
    Maryland Dept. of Housing & Community Development Martinsburg
    8
    $41,472
    Maryland Total
    16
    $82,944
    Maine
    Maine State Housing Authority Maine Healthcare
    System
    8
    $40,934
    Maine Total
    8
    $40,934
    Michigan
    Michigan State Housing. Dev. Auth. Battle Creek
    8
    $43,711
    Michigan State Housing. Dev. Auth. Saginaw
    18
    $98,349
    Michigan Total
    26
    $142,060
    Missouri
    Riply County Public Housing Authority Poplar Bluff
    8
    $28,487
    Missouri Total
    8
    $28,487
    Mississippi
    Meridian Housing Authority Jackson
    10
    $61,734
    Ha South Delta Jackson
    10
    $48,646
    Mississippi Total
    20
    $110,380
    Montana
    MT Department of Commerce Montana Healthcare
    System
    15
    $85,462
    Montana Total
    15
    $85,462
    Nebraska
    Scotts Bluff County Housing Authority Black Hills Healthcare System
    20
    $63,012
    Nebraska Total
    20
    $63,012
    New Hampshire
    New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority Manchester
    11
    $78,457
    New Hampshire Total
    11
    $78,457
    New Mexico
    Northern Regional Housing Authority New Mexico
    Healthcare System
    15
    $89,134
    New Mexico Total
    15
    $89,134
    New York
    NYS Housing Trust Fund Corporation Bath
    30
    $288,806
    New York Total
    30
    $288,806
    Oklahoma
    Oklahoma Housing Finance Agency Oklahoma City
    8
    $41,686
    Oklahoma Total
    8
    $41,686
    Oregon
    Housing Authority of the City of Salem Portland
    5
    $23,175
    Coos-Curry Housing Authority Roseburg Healthcare
    System
    5
    $20,789
    Northwest Oregon Housing Agency Portland
    13
    $80,103
    Oregon Total
    23
    $124,067
    South Dakota
    Pennington County Housing & Redevelopment Comm. Black Hills Healthcare System
    15
    $78,473
    South Dakota
    Meade County Housing & Redevelopment Commission Black Hills Healthcare System
    5
    $16,511
    South Dakota Total
    20
    $94,984
    Tennessee
    Crossville Housing Authority Tennessee Valley
    Healthcare System
    15
    $48,337
    Tennessee Total
    15
    $48,337
    Texas
    Texoma Council of Governments Dallas
    24
    $113,800
    Texas Total
    24
    $113,800
    Washington
    Okanogan County Housing Authority Spokane
    8
    $39,129
    Housing Authority City of Longview Portland
    5
    $22,847
    Skagit County Housing Authority Seattle
    8
    $42,718
    Washington Total
    21
    $104,694
    Wisconsin
    Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority Milwaukee
    8
    $33,251
    Tomah Housing Authority Tomah
    30
    $99,436
    Wisconsin Total
    38
    $132,687
    West Virginia
    Parkersburg Housing Authority Clarksburg
    7
    $32,456
    Housing Authority of Raleigh Co Beckley
    18
    $86,270
    West Virginia Total
    25
    $118,726
    TOTAL
    529
    $2,937,112


    Information source: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

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