HUD, VA award $5.9 million for homeless Native American veterans

HUD, VA award $5.9 million for homeless Native American veterans

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Quick Facts:

 

  • HUD secretary Julian Castro will announce a major funding award for homeless Native American veterans
  • The announcement came down during the Inter-Tribal Council of the Five Civilized Tribes winter meeting
  • The award totals $5.9 million to be spread to 26 tribes
  • The funding will be used to provide permanent homes

On Friday morning, HUD secretary Julian Castro announced the department, along with the Departmetn of Veterans Affairs, would give 26 tribes $5.9 million.

The money would go to create permanent housing for homeless Native American veterans.

Speaking at the Inter-Tribal Council of the Five Civilized Tribes winter meeting, the secretary outlined the award which would help out homeless Native American veterans.

The announcement comes in relation to Opening Doors, a federal strategic plan to prevent and end homelessness.

The money covers rental assistance, case management and clinical services to serve 500 Native American veterans.

“By targeting resources directly to Tribes, we can better honor the service and sacrifice of Native American Veterans who now need a roof over their heads,” said Castro.  “These heroes deserve hope for a brighter future, and by offering permanent housing solutions, combined with needed services and case management, we can work with Tribes to end veteran homelessness.”

HUD invited 30 eligible Tribes to seek Tribal HUD-VASH vouchers to help house and serve hundreds of Native American Veterans who are currently experiencing homelessness or at extreme risk of becoming homeless. Twenty-six Tribes, from Alaska to New Mexico, will deliver and manage the housing vouchers among their members who need them, on tribal lands.

Since 2008, more than 79,000 vouchers have been awarded and approximately 90,000 homeless Veterans have been served through the broader HUD-VASH program. Rental assistance and supportive services provided through HUD-VASH are a critical resource for local communities in ending homelessness among our nation’s Veterans.  In FY2015, Congress authorized funding for a demonstration program in order to expand the HUD-VASH program into Indian Country and directed HUD to coordinate with Indian Tribes, tribally designated housing entities (TDHEs), and other appropriate tribal organizations on the design of this program, and to ensure the effective delivery of housing assistance and supportive services to eligible Native American Veterans.

 

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