Federal Funds Announced To Help Colorado Homeless Veterans
Federal funding totaling $60 million will provide permanent supportive housing for some 9,000 homeless veterans nationwide. That includes $1,085,107 to assist up to 180 homeless veterans in Colorado.
The supportive housing assistance is provided through the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing Program (HUD-VASH) which combines rental assistance from HUD with case management and clinical services provided by VA.
“With programs like HUD-VASH, we will end veteran homelessness by 2015 in Colorado one veteran at a time,” said Rocky Mountain Regional Administrator, Rick M. Garcia in a statement.
Colorado's $1,085,107 will be distributed to the following local public housing agencies:
- Housing Authority of the City and County of Denver (Denver, CO) $251,018
- Fort Collins Housing Authority (Fort Collins, C)) $188,698
- Colorado Division of Housing (Denver, CO) $157,602
- Colorado Division of Housing (Colorado Springs, CO) $157,602
- Grand Junction Housing Authority (Grand Junction, CO) $108,048
- Colorado Division of Housing (Durango, CO) $94,561
- Boulder County Housing Authority (Boulder, CO) $65,912
- Aurora Housing Authority (Aurora, CO) $61,665
HUD’s most recent annual estimate [.pdf] of the number of homeless persons and families nationwide found that veteran homelessness fell in 2012 by 7.2 percent or 4,876 people since 2011 and by 17.2 percent since 2009. On a single night in January 2012, 62,619 veterans were homeless nationally.
The funding announced Wednesday is part of $75 million appropriated this year to support the housing needs of homeless veterans. Another round of HUD-VASH funding is expected this summer.
HUD-VASH is a critical part of the Obama administration’s commitment [.pdf] to end Veteran and long-term chronic homelessness by 2015.