HUD, VA Team up to help 65 homeless veterans find permanent homes in Missouri

HUD NEWS

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development – Ben Carson, Secretary

Office of Public Affairs, Washington, DC 20410
HUD No. 18-011

FOR RELEASE – HUD Public Affairs – Friday

(913)-551-6803 – April 6, 2018

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 HUD, VA TEAM UP TO HELP 65 HOMELESS VETERANS FIND PERMANENT HOMES IN MISSOURI

WASHINGTON – In an effort to end veteran homelessness, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced $278,626 to 6 local public housing agencies (PHAs) in Missouri to provide a permanent home to 65 veterans experiencing homelessness. 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.

A component of the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program, the HUD-VASH vouchers being awarded today enable homeless veterans to obtain affordable, decent housing in the private market.      These vouchers are critical tools in helping communities effectively end homelessness among veterans. See local funding chart below.

“Our nation’s veterans deserve more than a life on the streets,” said HUD Secretary Ben Carson. “There is no greater responsibility than to end veteran homeless and to make certain that those who have served our nation have a home they can call their own.”

“HUD and the VA have successfully collaborated to help nearly 1200 homeless veterans in Missouri obtain housing since 2008,” said Regional Administrator Jason Mohr.  “The HUD-VASH program provides vital resources for veterans to achieve stability and success.”  

Nationally, more than 87,000 vouchers have been awarded and approximately 144,000 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.

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 HUD-VASH AWARDS
STATE HOUSING AUTHORITY PARTNERING VA MEDICAL FACILITY NUMBER OF VOUCHERS AMOUNT
 

Missouri

Joplin Housing Authority Fayetteville AR 25 $90,999
Springfield Housing Authority Fayetteville AR 10 $40,116
Housing Authority of St. Louis County St Louis 10 $51,982
Ripley County Public Housing Agency Poplar Bluff 5 $15,070
St. Charles County Housing Assistance Program St Louis 5 $25,675
St. Louis Housing Authority  St Louis 10 $54,785
Missouri Total     65 $278,626