VA and HUD announce funding for homeless veterans

August 21, 2013

The departments of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development announced  $7.8 million in funding Tuesday that the agencies say will provide housing and clinical services for 1,120 homeless veterans.

The funding for HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) vouchers will be used by local public housing agencies across the country. The vouchers have been a key weapon in the Obama administration’s vow to end veteran’s homelessness by the end of 2015.

Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post - HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan (right) interviews Willy Bowler in his makeshift shelter during the annual point-in-time count of the homeless, part of a nationwide survey coordinated by HUD in Washington in January.
Bill O’Leary/The Washington Post – HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan (right) interviews Willy Bowler in his makeshift shelter during the annual point-in-time count of the homeless, part of a nationwide survey coordinated by HUD in Washington in January.


 “These vouchers are helping America end veterans’ homelessness one veteran at a time until we see not one veteran living on the street,”HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan said in a statement.

The most recent available figures based on a national count found 62,619 veterans homeless on a single night in January 2012, a drop of 17.2 percent since January 2009.

Donovan acknowledged in May that despite the decreases, the  administration faces “a bumpy road” to meet the goal, given the numbers of veterans that remain without housing.

“So long as a single veteran lives on our streets, we have work to do,” Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki said in a statement Tuesday.

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