HUD and VA Partner to Provide Permanant Housing for Homeless Veterans in Alaksa
With today’s award, Alaska now has HUD VASH rental vouchers to provide permanent, affordable housing to 271 homeless veterans across the state
ANCHORAGE – To help end veteran homelessness, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is awarding $197,568 to help an additional 24 homeless veterans in Alaska find a permanent place to call home. The rental 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.
In previous HUD VASH funding rounds, the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation has received 247 HUD VASH vouchers. Today’s additional 24 HUD VASH vouchers now means that AHFC can provide permanent, affordable housing to up to 271 homeless veterans across the state.
HUD-VASH works in reducing veteran homelessness because it provides funding for both the housing and supportive services that are essential for ending homelessness for tens of thousands of veterans nationwide (see local funding chart below).
“Supporting the brave men and women who served our nation is not only our honor but also our responsibility,” said Secretary Julián Castro. “Joining the more than 111,000 formerly homeless veterans who have already found homes through this successful program, thousands more brave veterans will be able to start a new chapter in their lives. It’s a privilege to partner with communities dedicated to ensuring that no veteran has to call the streets their home.”
“The additional HUD VASH vouchers we are awarding today will prove critical to our efforts to provide homeless veterans with a safe and affordable place to call home,” said HUD Northwest Regional Administrator Donna Batch. “We look forward to working with the VA, our housing authorities and our partners to fulfill our obligation to those who have served.”
In the HUD-VASH program, VA Medical Centers (VAMCs) assess veterans experiencing homelessness before referring them to local housing agencies for these rental assistance 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 and comprehensive case management 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.