FCRHA to Receive 15 Additional Housing Vouchers for Veterans
Aug. 22, 2013
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced today that additional funding for the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) vouchers is being awarded to local housing authorities across the country. The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) will receive a total of 15 new VASH vouchers.
These 15 vouchers are in addition to the 48 already being successfully administered by the FCRHA, and give Fairfax County greater capacity to provide much-needed affordable housing for homeless military veterans and their families. The additional VASH vouchers will become available to the FCRHA immediately and will provide housing for veterans and their families starting this fall.
“Having participated in Fairfax County’s homelessness registry outreach this past February, I am so pleased that HUD has awarded the county additional VASH vouchers,” said Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova. Our outreach showed that 10 percent of the homeless individuals surveyed in Fairfax County have served in our nation’s armed forces. These vouchers help us to give back to those who gave so much to all of us.”.
“I am very happy that our partners at HUD have chosen to invest these
new vouchers here in Fairfax County” said FCRHA Chair Elisabeth
Lardner. “At a time when federal affordable housing resources are
becoming increasingly scarce, every new voucher is essential – especially
for our homeless veterans and their families.”
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and HUD established the HUD-VASH Program in 1992 with a primary goal of moving veterans and their families out of homelessness. The VA provides case management services by screening homeless veterans for program eligibility while HUD provides permanent housing subsidies to homeless veterans and their immediate families by allocating rental subsidies from its Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program.
A key component of the VASH program is the VA’s case management services. These services are designed to improve the veteran’s physical and mental health and enhance the veteran’s ability to live in safe and affordable permanent housing (in a community chosen by the veteran). The HUD-VASH program combines HCV rental assistance for homeless veterans with case management and clinical services provided at VA medical centers in the community.
“As a commissioner and a veteran, I am proud that HUD recognized FCRHA’s successful track record with the VASH program by giving us additional resources” said FCRHA Vice Chair Will Jasper.
The VASH program has assisted many Fairfax County veterans in rebuilding their lives from the ground up. Once such veteran, Johnny Briscoe, served his country in Korea and other places and was discharged from the service in 1988. Following some tragedies in his life, he spent time on and off of the streets for 24 years before finding housing through the VASH program. “I feel great about having my own home,” says Briscoe. “I have peace of mind and have turned my life around.”
The FCRHA and the Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development coordinate the VASH vouchers with the county’s Office to Prevent and End Homelessness. Administering the additional VASH vouchers is consistent with the goals of both the Ten-Year Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness and the county’s Housing Blueprint, and is also an important opportunity to continue to respond to the national 100,000 Homes initiative.the