As documented in the linked Washington Post Article, according to a press release from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), veteran homelessness decreased by 7.2% between 2011 and 2012. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki is quoted as commenting, “This report continues a trend that clearly indicates we are on the right track in the fight to end homelessness among Veterans.”
There at least three programs that homeless, or near homeless, veterans need to be aware of. First, is HUD’s Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) which can be accessed at HUD-VASH. This program provides low-cost permanent housing to homeless veterans.
Second, is HUD’s Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Program (HPRP) which can be accessed at HPRP. This program provides hardship financial assistance to veterans as a preventative measure against homelessness.
Third, is the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Supportive Services for Veterans Families (SSVF) which can be accessed at SSVF. As the link details, this program “awards grants to private non-profit organizations and consumer cooperatives who can provide supportive services to very low-income Veteran families living in or transitioning to permanent housing.”
If you have questions or concerns about your eligibility for veterans benefits, please do not hesitate to contact me for a free consultation at sdirector@FRE-L.com or (732) 382-6070.