The Jersey City Housing Authority received just over $98,500 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to assist homeless veterans.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“Ending veteran homelessness has been a top priority for the Trump Administration since day one,” HUD Secretary Ben Carson said in a statement.
“We have an obligation to ensure that our nation’s veterans, who have given so much for our country are not left out on the streets. They fought for us, now it’s time for us to fight for them.”
Specifically, the JCHA received $98,522 from the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) Program.
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.
Additionally, the HUD-VASH program includes both the rental assistance the voucher provides and the comprehensive case management that VAMC staff offers.
“These housing vouchers not only provide a permanent home for our veterans, but also provide supportive services that will foster better health, financial stability and an improved quality of life,” added Lynne Patton, the HUD Regional Administrator for New York and New Jersey.
“Veterans left their homes to protect our freedoms, now we must make sure they have a home and protect them.”