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Gary Housing Authority awarded federal veterans homelessness grant

Times - 10/4/2018

Oct. 04--GARY -- The city's housing authority was awarded a federal grant in an effort to combat veteran homelessness.

About $240,000 was made available to five housing authorities in the U.S. through the federal departments of Housing and Urban Development and Veterans Affairs.

The $34,755 awarded to Gary's housing authority will provide five veterans with permanent homes, according to a news release. The rental assistance announced Wednesday is being provided by the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing Program, which combines rental assistance from HUD with case management and clinical services provided by VA.

The HUD-VASH program reduces veteran homelessness "because it provides funding for both the housing and supportive services that are essential for ending homelessness for veterans, many of whom are living in unsheltered locations. These vouchers are critical tools in helping communities effectively end homelessness among veterans," the release states.

Since 2008, more than 93,000 vouchers have been awarded and approximately 150,000 homeless veterans have been served through the HUD-VASH program.

In the HUD-VASH 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 long term, more intensive support in obtaining and maintaining permanent housing. The HUD-VASH program includes both the rental assistance the voucher provides and the comprehensive case management that VAMC staff offers.

Veterans participating in the HUD-VASH 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.

Housing authorities in Indianapolis, Lafayette, Cinncinnati were also awarded grants.

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