Lauderdale Lakes, Fla.—The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded Broward County Housing Authority (BCHA) $895K in supportive housing assistance to help chronically homeless military veterans and their families find a permanent place to call home. Part of the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program, the 100 new vouchers combine rental assistance from HUD with case management and clinical services provided by the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA).
HUD-VASH is designed to help homeless veterans, many of whom are living with chronic disabling conditions, receive services that will assist them in rejoining the community. Veterans who have spouses and dependent children are also eligible to participate.
For veterans to participate in HUD-VASH, they must be homeless, eligible for VA medical care and have an identified clinical need for case management in order to obtain and sustain independent community housing.
Since 2008, the program has secured housing for over 40,000 veterans nationwide. Based on geographic need and housing authority administrative performance, BCHA was first selected in 2009 to receive VASH vouchers. The 100 additional vouchers will be available as eligible veterans are identified and referred by the VA.