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HUD, VA team up to help 100 homeless veterans find permanent homes in Minnesota

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced the availability of nearly $627,000 to five housing authorities in Minnesota to provide permanent homes for 100 veterans experiencing homel...

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced the availability of nearly $627,000 to five housing authorities in Minnesota to provide permanent homes for 100 veterans experiencing homelessness.

The supportive housing assistance is provided through the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing Program which combines rental assistance from HUD with case management and clinical services provided by the VA.

A component of the Housing Choice Voucher program, the vouchers enable homeless veterans to obtain affordable, decent housing in the private market. These vouchers are critical tools in helping communities effectively end homelessness among veterans.

"Our nation's veterans deserve more than a life on the streets," said HUD Secretary Ben Carson in a news release. "There is no greater responsibility than to end veteran homeless and to make certain that those who have served our nation have a home they can call their own."

Nationally, more than 87,000 vouchers have been awarded and about 144,000 homeless veterans have been served through the program since 2008. Rental assistance and supportive services provided through HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing Program are a critical resource for local communities in ending homelessness among our nation's veterans.

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"While we have made great strides in reducing veteran homelessness nearly in half nationally since 2010 and by over 56 percent across Minnesota, these vouchers will be a great resource as we continue to work tirelessly to end the travesty of veteran homelessness," said HUD Midwest Regional Administrator Joseph P. Galvan.

In the program, VA Medical Centers assess veterans experiencing homelessness before referring them to local housing agencies for these vouchers. Decisions are based on a variety of factors, most importantly the duration of homelessness and the need for longer term, more intensive support in obtaining and maintaining permanent housing.

The program includes both the rental assistance the voucher provides and the comprehensive case management that VA Medical Center staff offers.

Veterans participating in the program rent privately-owned housing and generally contribute no more than 30 percent of their income toward rent. VA offers eligible homeless veterans clinical and supportive services through its medical centers across the U.S., Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

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