Adams County Housing Authority Awarded Housing Vouchers for Homeless Veterans
Gettysburg – Adams County Housing Authority (ACHA) has been awarded five housing vouchers to assist homeless veterans. The vouchers are provided through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) Program, which combines rental assistance from HUD with case management and clinical services provided by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
In the HUD-VASH program VA Medical Centers assess veterans experiencing homelessness before referring them to local housing agencies for these vouchers. The Lebanon VA will be referring clients to ACHA. Veterans participating in the HUD-VASH program rent privately owned housing and generally contribute no more than 30 percent of their incomer toward rent. VA offers eligible homeless veterans clinical and supportive services through its medical centers.
HUD and the VA have awarded $43 million to 325 local public housing agencies (PHAs) across the country to provide a permanent home to more than 5,200 veterans experiencing homelessness. More than 500 PHAs administer the HUD-VASH program, and this most recent award includes 102 additional PHAs, including Adams County.
According to HUD more than 87,000 vouchers have been awarded and approximately 144,000 homeless veterans have been served through the HUD-VASH program since 2008.