Through the Obama Administration’s commitment in fighting homelessness throughout the country especially with the veterans who once served their good country, U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Eric K. Shinseki announced that funding will be given to North Carolina, same as with the other U.S. states.
The funding is said to amount to $ 1,209,321 that will be given to various selected public housing agencies throughout North Carolina through HUD’s Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing Program (HUD-VASH).
This will be used to provide case management among the eligible homeless veterans and supply permanent housing through either veterans housing grants or North Carolina housing grants, whichever deemed appropriate by the case managers.
North Carolina Housing Grants for Veterans Housing Program
HUD-VASH is a program created and administered by HUD, VA, and various local housing agencies nationwide. It also makes use of Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) rental assistance that can be used for grants for veteran housing along with case management help by a duly knowledgeable case manager and clinical services needed through various VA Medical Centers.
HUD-VASH vouchers are usually given based on public housing agency administrative performance along with geographic need as supported by documents. It is quite a long process as they would have to first determine the areas with the highest number of homeless veterans and then filter the VA facilities near the identified areas.
This North Carolina housing grants program is of great help to all the veterans in dire need of help today. This is the best that the government can give their once loyal men in uniform who served the country.
Veterans Housing Grants Support from the Government
Another program was created by the Obama Administration to serve as its roadmap or guide through its expected long fight to end veteran and chronic homelessness by 2015. This program is called “Opening Doors: Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness.”
Through this new North Carolina housing grants program, the federal government will be working with various state and local agreements for the purpose of knowing the root cause of homelessness nationwide especially among former servicemen and women alike.
As what HUD Southeast Regional Administrator Ed Jennings, Jr. said:
“These grants are reducing the number of homeless veterans in North Carolina, and one day we will see this travesty end.”
The government and local agencies are hopeful of more wonderful results from their joined forces as studies have shown that national veteran homelessness have already dropped by nearly 12% recently.
In 2011, total of funds amounting to $50 million served approximately 7,000 voucher families. This fiscal year 2012, there is roughly $75 million allotted to support around 10,500 homeless veterans with all their housing needs through more grants for veterans housing and through the VA Medical Centers as they give case management and supportive services including clinical support.