Today, the Housing Authority of Snohomish County received 25 more housing vouchers to serve homeless veterans through the Veterans Assistance Supportive Housing Program. U.S. Senator Patty Murray announced this funding award in her press release below.
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Thursday, July 14, 2011 (202) 224-2834
SNOHOMISH COUNTY HOMELESS VETERANS: Senator Murray Announces Funding for Snohomish County Housing Authority to Provide Stable Housing to Local Homeless Veterans
(Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chairman of the Senate Housing Appropriations Subcommittee and the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, announced that 25 housing vouchers worth $158,496 will be allocated to the Snohomish County Housing Authority to help local veterans secure stable housing. The vouchers are part of the Department of Housing and Urban Development's Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing Program (HUD-VASH program).
"This is a great step forward in our effort to get veterans off the streets and into permanent housing," said Senator Murray, Chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee. "These vouchers will provide critical support to veterans whose needs went unmet for too long, so that homeless veterans in Snohomish County will finally get the services they need and a permanent place to call home. HUD-VASH vouchers are a key reason why we are making real progress toward goals to finally end veterans homelessness."
"The Housing Authority is really pleased to receive additional vouchers to help veterans in our County. Having the Veterans Administration service staff housed at our office has resulted in a great working relationship with housing authority staff that directly benefits the clients," said Bob Davis, Executive Director of the Snohomish County Housing Authority.
Earlier this year, Senator Murray stood with other Democrats to oppose a provision in a Republican spending proposal that would have cut funding for 10,000 new housing vouchers that would keep homeless veterans off the streets next year.
Under the HUD-VASH program, Housing Authorities receive vouchers that can be used for rental assistance in the local community. The local Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) facility then works on outreach efforts to identify homeless veterans who can be provided with vouchers. Each rental assistance voucher provides rental assistance for a housing unit for a homeless veteran and any family members. In addition to the rental assistance, local VA Medical Centers provide supportive services and case management to eligible homeless veterans.