MARYLAND — The U.S. Departments of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is providing over $1 million to help 120 homeless veterans in Maryland find a permanent place to call home.
The rental assistance is provided through the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) Program, which combines HUD’s rental assistance with VA case management and clinical services.
“I am honored to announce this critical funding for our veterans who have fallen on hard times,” said Joe DeFelice, Regional Administrator of HUD’s Mid-Atlantic region. “They deserve a permanent home of their own.”
A component of the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program, HUD-VASH vouchers enable homeless veterans to obtain affordable, decent housing in the private market. These vouchers are important tools in helping communities effectively end homelessness among veterans.
In the program, VA Medical Centers assess veterans experiencing homelessness before referring them to local housing agencies for vouchers, taking into consideration their duration of homelessness and their need for longer term, more intensive support.
These medical centers, which are located across the U.S., Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, offer eligible homeless veterans clinical and supportive services.
Veterans participating in the program rent privately owned housing and generally contribute no more than 30 percent of their income toward rent.