By Bmorenews Staff
(WASHINGTON – June 11, 2016) – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced $738,024 in funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to help find permanent housing for Maryland veterans experiencing homelessness. The rental assistance funding 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 the VA. In total seven agencies across the state will receive 89 vouchers to house homeless veterans.
“In the richest state in the richest country in the world, it is simply unacceptable that anyone, especially veterans, should experience homelessness,” said Senator Cardin, who discussed the issue with veterans at American Legion Post 136 in Greenbelt Friday. “Congress has an obligation to provide for our men and women in uniform during and after their service is complete. By focusing on providing housing in addition to clinical services, these federal dollars will change the lives of Maryland veterans.”
“I believe the support we provide our military in the field must be matched by support for our veterans at home,” Senator Mikulski said. “I recently met with homeless veterans in Baltimore. I heard first-hand the importance of having a roof over their heads as they work to get back on their feet. These federal funds will give Maryland veterans a helping hand providing critical housing and support services they’ve earned and deserve. Because promises made must be promises kept.”
The HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program combines Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) rental assistance for homeless Veterans with case management and clinical services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). VA provides these services for participating Veterans at VA medical centers (VAMCs) and community-based outreach clinics.