HUD AND VA TEAM UP TO FIND PERMANENT HOMES FOR HOMELESS VETERANS IN NEW YORK

NEW YORK – (RealEstateRama) – To help end veteran homelessness, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is awarding $2,547,492 to help 287 homeless veterans in New York find a permanent place to call home. The rental assistance announced today is provided through the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) Program which combines rental assistance from HUD with case management and clinical services provided by VA. Cities receiving voucher funding include Rochester, Syracuse, Albany, Buffalo and New York.

HUD-VASH works in reducing veteran homelessness because it provides funding for both the housing and supportive services that are essential for ending homelessness for tens of thousands of veterans nationwide (see local funding chart below).

“Supporting the brave men and women who served our nation is not only our honor but also our responsibility,” said Secretary Julián Castro. “Joining the more than 111,000 formerly homeless veterans who have already found homes through this successful program, thousands more brave veterans will be able to start a new chapter in their lives. It’s a privilege to partner with communities dedicated to ensuring that no veteran has to call the streets their home.”

“New York is well on its way to achieving a goal that was quite recently unthinkable: ending veterans homelessness statewide” said Holly Leicht, HUD Regional Administrator for New York and New Jersey. “Federal resources backing the local knowledge, expertise, and determination to house those who have fought for our country has proven an effective and scalable strategy for solving a problem long considered intractable.”

In the HUD-VASH program, VA Medical Centers (VAMCs) 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 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.

Recipient City Partnering VA Medical Facility # of Vouchers Amount
New York City Housing Authority New York Bronx VA Medical Center 41 $424,596
New York City Housing Authority New York New York Harbor Health Care System 78 $807,768
New York City Department of Housing Preservation & Dev. New York Bronx VA Medical Center 10 $110,640
New York City Department of Housing Preservation & Dev. New York New York Harbor Health Care System 10 $110,640
NYS Housing Trust Fund Corporation Albany Canandaigua VA Medical Center 5 $48,120
NYS Housing Trust Fund Corporation Albany Hudson Valley Health Care System/Franklin Delano Roosevelt Campus 10 $96,240
NYS Housing Trust Fund Corporation Albany Syracuse VA Medical Center/Watertown Community-Based Outpatient Clinic 15 $144,360
NYS Housing Trust Fund Corporation Albany Bath VA Medical Center 20 $192,480
NYS Housing Trust Fund Corporation Albany Northport VA Medical Center 25 $240,600
Albany Housing Authority Albany Albany VA Medical Center 22 $126,984
Rome Housing Authority Rome Syracuse VA Medical Center/Rome Community-Based Outpatient Clinic 6 $25,848
Rochester Housing Authority Rochester Canandaigua VA Medical Center 12 $59,904
Glens Falls Housing Authority Glens Falls Albany VA Medical Center 8 $47,712
Town of Amherst Buffalo Western New York Health Care System/Buffalo VAMC 25 $111,600

Charles McNally (212) 542-7647
Olga Alvarez (212) 542-7142

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