Cohen Announces $350k Housing Grants for Memphis-area Homeless Veterans

MEMPHIS, TN – June 3, 2013 – (RealEstateRama) — Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) announced today that HUD will provide $358,506 in grants to the Memphis VA Medical Center to offer permanent supportive housing to homeless veterans.

“It is a tragedy that so many of our veterans in Memphis and throughout the country are homeless,” said Congressman Cohen. “These grants will allow us to give back to the veterans who gave so much for us.”

The grants available through the Memphis VA Medical Center will be awarded to sixty-five homeless veterans in the Memphis area.

The grants are 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. The grants are part of $75 million appropriated this year to support the housing needs of homeless veterans. Local public housing authorities provide rental assistance to homeless Veterans while nearby VA Medical Centers (VAMC) offer supportive services and case management. This is the first round of the 2013 HUD-VASH funding. More HUD-VASH funding is expected to be announced later this summer.

Since 2008, a total of 48,385 vouchers have been awarded and 42,557 formerly homeless veterans are currently in homes because of HUD-VASH.

HUD-VASH is a critical part of the Obama Administration’s commitment to end Veteran and long-term chronic homelessness in 2015. Opening Doors: Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness serves as a roadmap for how the federal government will work with state and local communities to confront the root causes of homelessness, especially among former servicemen and women. HUD’s annual “point in time” estimate of the number of homeless persons and families for 2012 found that Veteran homelessness fell by 7.2 percent (or 4,876 people) since January 2011 and by 17.2 percent since January 2009. On a single night in January 2012, 62,619 veterans were homeless.

More information about the HUD-VASH program can be found online at: http://www.va.gov/HOMELESS/HUD-VASH.asp

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