Delaney Applauds Federal Grants to Combat Veteran Homelessness in Washington and Montgomery County

HUD Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) grants awarded to the Hagerstown Housing Authority and the Housing Opportunity Commission of Montgomery County

WASHINGTON – April 21, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) have announced $65 million in grants nationwide to help veterans find permanent supportive housing through the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program. This week’s announcement includes a grant of $200,841 to the Housing Authority of the City of Hagerstown (HACH) and a grant of $72,776 to the Housing Opportunity Commission (HOC) of Montgomery County, both serving veterans in Maryland’s Sixth District.

“No one who has served our country should ever have to face homelessness,” said Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6). “That’s a basic commitment that our country can and must live up to if we’re going to begin repaying our veterans for their service. The supportive housing program is designed to reduce homelessness among veteran populations in coordination with local agencies. These grants to local agencies will make a big difference for veterans struggling to find a place to call home. Everyone who serves should have a home to return to and the extraordinary work of Hagerstown Housing Authority and the Housing Opportunity Commission of Montgomery County help to make that a reality.”

Each year, HUD-VASH helps approximately 10,000 American veterans escape homelessness by combining rental assistance, in the form of a HUD voucher, with case management and supportive services provided by the VA. On March 23, 2015, Congressman John Delaney joined over fifty colleagues in the House of Representatives in a letter to congressional leadership on the House Committee on Appropriations requesting funding for the HUD-VASH program for Fiscal Year 2016.

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