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Serving Homeless Veterans in Rural America: HUD Resources

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Resources from the Department of Housing & Urban Development that can be used to help veterans with their housing needs.

Resources from the Department of Housing & Urban Development that can be used to help veterans with their housing needs.

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  • 1. Serving Homeless Veterans in Rural America: HUD Resources April 9, 2014 Ann Marie Oliva Director, Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs Community Planning and Development
  • 2. Opening Doors released in 2010 is a Federal strategic plan to prevent and end homelessness includes 4 goals: End chronic homelessness by 2015 End veteran homelessness by 2015 End family homelessness by 2020 Set path to end all homelessness by 2020 Close collaboration between HUD, USICH, and VA puts us on target to meet veterans goal. Ending Veteran Homelessness
  • 3. 57,849 in January 2013 represents 24% decline since 2009 60% sheltered 40% unsheltered 8% decline between 2012 and 2013 Where are they located? 46% major cities 40% smaller city, county, regional CoCs 14% in Balance of State or Statewide CoCs (rural) How many homeless veterans?
  • 4. Non-targeted: CoC Program Emergency Solutions Grants Program Rural Housing Stability Assistance Program (not yet funded) Targeted: Veterans Homelessness Prevention Demonstration HUD-VASH HUD Resources for Homeless Veterans
  • 5. Small 5-site demonstration program funded in FY 2009 for veterans and their families Homelessness prevention Rapid re-housing One goal was to serve veterans in rural areas 2/5 of the 5 sites were significantly rural (upstate NY and central TX) Lessons learned for rural areas: Travel distances pose significant challenges for case managers Co-location of services is most-critical in rural areas Isolation in rural areas poses major obstacle Veteran Homelessness Prevention Program (VHPD)
  • 6. HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD- VASH) combines: Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) rental assistance (HUD) Case management and clinical services (VA) provided at VAMCS and community-based outreach clinics From FY 2008 - FY 2012, HUD allocated 5,260 of the approximately 48,000 HUD-VASH vouchers to rural areas In FY 2013, 10,000 total vouchers allocated 5% in rural areas FY 2014 allocation: $75 million for 10,000 more vouchers HUD-VASH
  • 7. OneCPD Portal: www.onecpd.info Rural Housing and Economic Development Gateway at: http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_office s/comm_planning/economicdevelopment/programs/rhed/g ateway Phone: 1-877-RURAL-26 (1-877-2526) HUD Resources: Veterans in Rural Areas