Wilmington Housing Authority Awarded Vouchers to Assist Homeless Veterans
Wilmington, NC – August 22, 2013 – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) awarded 15 vouchers to the Wilmington Housing Authority (WHA) to assist homeless veterans through the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) Program. This is in addition to the 40 vouchers WHA already administers under this program.
WHA CEO Michael Krause stated, “The HUD-VASH vouchers have proven to be a key component of not only providing housing to our country’s veterans, but also to assure they receive the services needed to successfully maintain permanent homes. These vouchers are making a significant impact on the veteran homelessness in New Hanover County.”
A joint news release by HUD and the VA stated, “The HUD-VASH program includes both the rental assistance the voucher provides and the comprehensive case management that the VA Medical Center (VAMC) staff provides. 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 and Puerto Rico.”
“These vouchers represent an additional $94,000 in rental assistance that will be paid to landlords in this community. Not only does this program help veterans, but it helps our local economy,” commented Mr. Krause.
If you know of a homeless veteran, please have them contact the Fayetteville VAMC, Wilmington Community-Based Outreach Clinic to see if they are eligible for this program.