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HOMELESS VETERANS: Murray Announces New Resources to Help Homeless Veterans Find Stable Housing

Oct 01 2014

Murray announces 335 housing vouchers for Washington state veterans

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray, Chairman of the Senate Housing Appropriations Subcommittee and senior member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, announced new resources to help homeless veterans secure stable housing. Washington state will receive 335 housing vouchers that will be allocated to eleven different housing authorities across the state- this includes both tenant-based vouchers, which are used to cover rent in private housing, as well as project-based vouchers, which are attached to specific units of housing.

The vouchers are part of the joint Department of Housing and Urban Development and Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing Program (HUD-VASH program), a program Murray helped restart in 2008 and which she has continued to fund every year since.  Through the program, homeless veterans receive vouchers through HUD and case management and services through the VA.

“These vouchers are a huge boost in the effort to end homelessness among veterans in our state,” said Senator Murray. “Each one of these vouchers represents a step toward finding a permanent home for someone who sacrificed for our nation, but is struggling to find stable housing. The HUD-VASH program provides critical support to these veterans and is a key reason why we are making real progress toward the goal of finally ending veteran homelessness.”

With the assistance of HUD-VASH, veteran homelessness in the United States has declined 33 percent since 2010.

See a breakdown of voucher allocation below (totals include both tenant-based and project-based vouchers):

Public Housing Authority

VA Medical Center

Vouchers

Amount

Seattle Housing Authority

VA Puget Sound Health Care System (HCS)/Seattle Campus

69

$485,738

King County Housing Authority

VA Puget Sound Health Care System (HCS)/Seattle Campus

92

$745,134

Housing Authority of the City of Tacoma

VA Puget Sound  Health Care System (HCS)/American Lake Campus

23

$135,665

Housing Authority of the City of Longview

Portland VA Medical Center (VAMC)Vancouver Campus

5

$22,160

Housing Authority City of Bellingham

VA Puget Sound Health Care System (HCS)/Seattle Campus

10

$51,857

Housing Authority of Snohomish County

VA Puget Sound Health Care System (HCS)/Everett Community-Based Outreach Clinic (CBOC)

12

$95,790

Housing Authority of Thurston County

VA Puget Sound  Health Care System (HCS)/American Lake Campus

17

$97,951

Housing Authority of the City of Spokane

Mann-Grandstaff (Spokane) Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC)

39

$169,622

Housing Authority of the City of Walla Walla (WA)

Walla Walla VA Medical Center (VAMC)/Richland Community-Based Outreach Clinic (CBOC)

10

$39,365

Housing Authority of Chelan County and City of Wenatchee

Mann-Grandstaff (Spokane) Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC)/Wenatchee Community-Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC)

18

$88,119

Vancouver Housing Authority

Portland VAMC

40

$193,877