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HUD announced that it will provide $2.4 million to public housing agencies to supply permanent housing and case management for homeless veterans.

This funding is a coordinated effort by HUD, VA, and local housing agencies to provide permanent housing for homeless veterans. The most recent wave of funding will support 435 vouchers in 18 communities.

The government’s goal is to alleviate long-term chronic homelessness of vets by 2015.

Since 2008, HUD-VASH has provided more than 33,000 homeless veterans permanent supportive housing and supportive services. And, the efforts appear to be working. Latest estimates by HUD shows veterans homelessness fell by nearly 12 percent since last year.

During this season of giving, I am thrilled to announce that we have evidence that this funding is making a real difference to get homeless veterans off the street and into homes they can call their own, said HUD Secretary Donovan.

“This program provides critical assistance to those who have worn our nation’s military uniforms and are in need of a home,” said VA Secretary Shinseki. “VA and HUD will continue to work in partnership to end homelessness among veterans.”

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.

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