An agreement between the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Erik Shinseki, and U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan will benefit homeless veterans in Florida. HUD will supply public housing agencies in Florida with $3,773,463 as well as vouchers to be used to place 550 veterans in permanent housing.
HUD is supplying the money from their Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing Program (HUD-VASH), which is an initiative formed between HUD and the VA to get homeless veterans into permanent housing. The 3-year-old agreement has HUD funding local housing agencies and the VA providing all other services from medical treatment to specific care needs.
The idea of combining housing with case management and medical attention gives most veterans and their families what they need to re-establish themselves. The funding and vouchers will both work toward accomplishing President Obama and Eric Shinseki’s promise to end homelessness among veterans by 2015, which will require a dedicated and coordinated effort between federal, state, and local governments.
This is the first of a 2-part structured $50,000,000 funding schedule that will span the rest of the summer. Veterans, qualifying for the HUD voucher, will be able to move into privately owned homes, paying up to 30% of their income toward rent.
If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, contact Veterans Help Group. You may be entitled to certain programs and benefits so contact our veterans disability rights firm today.