On December 20, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded over $18 million in HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) vouchers to 103 Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) in 33 states across the country. The HUD-VASH program, which HUD administers in partnership with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), enables homeless veterans and their families to access safe and affordable housing while also receiving case management and clinical services from the VA. The recently announced funding will support an additional 2,050 HUD-VASH vouchers, increasing the total number of current vouchers to 106,704. View a list of recipients and award amounts here.
In 2019, 17.5 million veterans lived in counties, comprising 7 percent of all county residents. On a single night in January 2020, 37,252 veterans were experiencing homelessness in the U.S., nearly eight percent of all homeless adults, and this figure has likely been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Counties and other local public housing agencies can use housing vouchers provided through the HUD-VASH program to provide homeless veterans with housing, while wraparound case management from the VA can help to address the various factors that contribute to a veteran’s risk of homelessness.
Counties support the goal of ending homelessness among veterans and military families, including using temporary assistance shelter resources to assist with permanent housing placement. NACo applauds the recent award of $18 million in HUD-VASH vouchers, and strongly encourages the continued appropriation of resources through HUD-VASH vouchers as well as the Support Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) grant program and the Grants and Per Diem program to end veteran homelessness.