Garden Grove, CA – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) on Tuesday announced grant funding of more than $72 million to assist public housing agencies across the country to supply permanent housing and supportive services for homeless veterans. The grant includes an award of $884,560 to the Orange County Housing Authority.
“Our veterans have made tremendous personal sacrifices in order to serve our country, yet many face chronic homelessness issues,” said Rep. Sanchez. “The creation of stable and permanent housing along with case management services is a crucial step in helping to address the needs of our veterans, and I am glad that this grant award will do just that.”
The grant award will assist HUD, the VA and the Orange County Housing Authority with administering the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program, combining the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) rental assistance program with case management and clinical services provided by VA medical centers. This grant is part of the $75 million appropriated for Fiscal Year 2012 to support the housing needs of approximately 10,500 homeless veterans nationwide.
“This is exciting news for Orange County,” said Karen Roper, Director of OC Community Services. “The VASH program is a collaborative between the Orange County Housing Authority, OC Veterans’ Service office, and Long Beach VA. The highly successful VASH program supports goals and strategies in Orange County’s ten year plan to end homelessness. Thanks to Rep. Sanchez, who was instrumental in securing this crucial grant funding.”