Congressman Mike Thompson (CA-01) today announced a $145,837 federal grant that will help provide permanent housing and support to veterans on the North Coast. The grant, provided through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), will be administered by the North Coast Veterans Resource Center and Humboldt County Housing Authority. The funds will be used as vouchers to provide rental assistance for homeless and disabled veterans. Twenty-five vouchers were awarded.
"One out of six men and women living in our shelters once served our county in uniform," said Thompson. "This is a disgrace. We can and must do better. I am proud to have voted to make these grants possible, but we still have more work to do. I am committed to ending veteran homelessness, and these grants will help us find permanent housing solutions for our nation's heroes."
"North Coast Veterans Resource Center is honored to have the opportunity to continue our service of Humboldt's homeless veterans through the HUD VASH program," said Jason Henry, Site Director at the North Coast Veterans Resource Center. "Our initial award of twenty-five vouchers has allowed us to provide assistance to many previously homeless veterans and their families. The additional twenty-five HUD VASH vouchers will enable us to further our mission to end veteran homelessness in Humboldt County and truly change the lives of some of the men and women that have served our great country."
The permanent supportive housing assistance grants are provided through HUD's Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing Program (HUD-VASH), a program administered by HUD, VA, and local housing agencies to provide permanent housing with case management and other supportive services for homeless veterans across the country.
The grants are part of $75 million appropriated for Fiscal Year 2012 to support the housing needs of approximately 10,500 homeless veterans nationwide.