UD & VA to help homeless vets

Word of more than $6.4 million to provide permanent homes to 821 veterans experiencing homelessness across the nation, some of them in Nevada, became public Tuesday.

The U.S. Department of Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs made the announcement going into Veterans Day today. The money included $41,0000 for eight homeless veterans and their families via the Nevada Rural Housing Authority and the VA Sierra Nevada Healthcare System, according to the announcement.

The housing assistance is provided through the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing program, which combines rental assistance from HUD with case management and clinical services from the VA.

“It’s unacceptable that anyone who wore our nation’s uniform calls the streets their home,” said Julian Castro, HUD secretary. “Although we’ve made tremendous progress in preventing and reducing veteran homelessness, these vouchers demonstrate our commitment to end veterans homelessness once and for all.”

In addition, last month HUD and the VA announced a demonstration to expand HUD-VASH into Native American communities. Through the demonstration, HUD is offering $3 million in grant funding to Indian tribes and Tribally Designated Entities to fund rental assistance and associated administrative fees.


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