Greenville is getting $63,792 in federal funds to help homeless veterans find a permanent home.
The money is being awarded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
Greenville's award is part of $417,204 for rental assistance to help 80 homeless veterans across South Carolina.
The rental assistance is provided through the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) Program, which combines rental assistance from HUD with case management and clinical services provided by VA.
HUD-VASH provides funding for both the housing and supportive services that are essential for ending homelessness for tens of thousands of veterans nationwide, a statement from the agency said.
“Supporting the brave men and women who served our nation is not only our honor but also our responsibility,” said Secretary Julián Castro. “Joining the more than 111,000 formerly homeless veterans who have already found homes through this successful program, thousands more brave veterans will be able to start a new chapter in their lives."
"We are making significant progress reducing homelessness among Veterans and these vouchers serve as a door opening opportunity to them for a better life,” said HUD SE Regional Administrator Ed Jennings, Jr. “Our Veterans deserve our best as they gave their best for us and we will continue to fight on their behalf so that they will eventually have a place that they may finally call home.”
In the HUD-VASH program, VA Medical Centers (VAMCs) assess veterans experiencing homelessness before referring them to local housing agencies for these vouchers. Decisions are based on a variety of factors, most importantly the duration of homelessness and the need for longer term, more intensive support in obtaining and maintaining permanent housing.
The HUD-VASH program includes both the rental assistance the voucher provides and the comprehensive case management that VAMC staff offers.
Veterans participating in the HUD-VASH program rent privately-owned housing and generally contribute no more than 30 percent of their income toward rent.
VA offers eligible homeless veterans clinical and supportive services through its medical centers across the U.S., Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.