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HUD and VA Announce More Housing Vouchers to Help Homeless Veterans in Los Angeles

October 11, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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HUD and VA Announce More Housing Vouchers to Help Homeless Veterans in Los Angeles

Los Angeles — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently announced the award of $35 million in rental assistance vouchers to public housing agencies (PHAs) to combat homelessness among Veterans. These rental assistance vouchers, awarded through the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program, will allow 212 PHAs across the country to provide permanent supportive housing for more than 4,000 homeless Veterans. Locally, VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System (VAGLAHS) received $7,910,867 to support 727 rental assistance vouchers through this voucher allocation, bringing the total number of HUD-VASH vouchers in the VAGLAHS catchment area to 6,916.

The HUD-VASH program combines rental assistance vouchers from HUD with case management and clinical services provided by VA. Since 2008, more than 93,000 vouchers have been awarded and approximately 150,000 homeless Veterans have been served through the HUD-VASH program. The vouchers have contributed to the 46 percent decline in homelessness among Veterans nationally since the Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness was launched in 2010. In Los Angeles, homelessness among Veterans has declined by 56% percent since 2011. Currently, there are about 5,000 formerly homeless Veterans who are using HUD VASH vouchers and living in their own apartments.

"We are proud of our strong partnerships with HUD, the Los Angeles City and County and other organizations that are helping to build reliable systems to ensure homelessness is rare, brief, and non-recurring among the Veterans who sacrificed so much for us all." said Ann Brown, Director at VAGLAHS. "We will not rest until every homeless Veteran has a place to call home."

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