Pallone Announces Federal Funding to Provide Homeless NJ Veterans with Permanent Homes
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) today announced that the Long Branch Housing Authority will receive $146,815 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in partnership with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to help homeless veterans find a permanent home.
“The estimated 7,000 to 8,000 homeless veterans in New Jersey deserve better,” said Congressman Pallone. “I am pleased that our veterans are receiving an important measure of support with this funding, but we cannot rest until every man and woman who served our country has a roof over their head.”
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 VA. Veterans participating in the HUD-VASH program rent privately owned housing and generally contribute no more than 30 percent of their income toward rent. Through HUD-VASH, partnering VA medical centers work closely with homeless veterans to refer them to public housing agencies for these vouchers. These decisions are based upon a variety of factors, most importantly the duration of the homelessness and the need for longer term more intensive support to obtain and maintain permanent housing.
The grants announced today are part of $65 million appropriated this year to support the housing needs of homeless veterans through the HUD-VASH program.