Van Hollen, Leggett Announce Housing Vouchers for Montgomery County Veterans

Van Hollen, Leggett Announce Housing Vouchers for Montgomery County Veterans

WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 21, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — Today Maryland Congressman Chris Van Hollen and Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett announced that the Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County has been granted $72,776 in new Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) vouchers by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

“Montgomery County has been a leader in the effort to ensure every veteran has access to resources that help them thrive as civilians, and I’m proud that the budget I’ve put forward allows for increased funding for vital programs for our veterans such as HUD-VASH,” said Congressman Van Hollen. “No veteran should have to worry about not having a roof over their head, and this program helps keep our commitment to care for those who have bravely served our nation.”

County Executive Leggett said, “As a veteran myself, I am very sensitive to the plight of veterans with families who find themselves homeless. I am very grateful to Congressman Van Hollen for his efforts and support. I am grateful as well to the Department of Housing and Urban Development for its commitment to helping those who have valiantly served their country make their way during difficult times.”

BACKGROUND:

Montgomery County, MD has been at the forefront of helping homeless veterans. Congressman Van Hollen, Montgomery Country Executive Isiah Leggett, and the County’s Commission on Veterans Affairs have been strong advocates of this program.

This supportive housing assistance is provided through the HUD-VASH Program, which combines rental assistance from HUD with case management and clinical services provided by VA. The $72,776 grant for Montgomery County is part of $65 million in grants announced by the Department of Housing and Urban Development today to support the housing needs of more than 9,300 homeless veterans across the country. In Montgomery County, the Housing Opportunities Commission provides rental assistance to homeless veterans while nearby VA Medical Centers offer supportive services and case management.

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