PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Public Housing Authorities within the
Providence VA Medical Center catchment area received $217,928 to support 27
rental assistance vouchers through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban
Development and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing program,
known as HUD-VASH, bringing the total number of vouchers in Rhode Island,
Southeastern Massachusetts and Cape Cod to 436.
"We're very proud of the strong partnerships we have
with HUD, the State of Rhode Island and other organizations, such as Operation
Stand Down Rhode Island, working together to ensure homeless Veterans get a
place to call home," said Dr. Susan MacKenzie, director of the Providence
VAMC. "This joint effort is a critical part of our commitment to help
those who sacrificed so much for us."
VA announced the award of $35 million in rental assistance
vouchers to public housing agencies, known as PHAs, Oct. 3. These vouchers will
allow 212 PHAs across the country to provide permanent supportive housing for
more than 4,000 homeless Veterans.
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 across the country have been served through the program. Nationwide,
the vouchers have contributed to a 46 percent decline in homelessness among
Veterans since the Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness was
launched in 2010.
In the HUD-VASH program, VA medical centers assess Veterans
experiencing homelessness before referring them to local housing agencies for
vouchers. Veterans participating in the program then rent privately owned
housing, and generally contribute no more than 30 percent of their income
toward rent. Visit http://www.va.gov/homeless/hud-vash.asp
to learn more about HUD-VASH.