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"The Department of Veterans Affairs and our federal and local partners should be proud of the gains made reducing Veterans’ homelessness, but so long as there remains a Veteran living on our streets, we have more work to do."
– VA Secretary Robert McDonald

Housing Assistance For Veterans

Housing assistance for homeless Veterans and their families is available through several federal programs.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and VA Supportive Housing Program (HUD-VASH) partner to provide permanent, supportive housing and treatment services for homeless Veterans.

As of September 30, 2013, HUD had allocated more than 58,000 Housing Choice vouchers across the country, which allows Veterans and their families to live in market rate rental housing while VA provides case management services. A housing subsidy is paid to the landlord directly by the local public housing authority on behalf of the participating Veteran. The Veteran then pays the difference between the actual rent charged by the landlord and the amount subsidized by the program. The case management services facilitate the attainment of the Veteran’s recovery goals. The HUD-VASH Program is for the most vulnerable Veterans, and provides special services for women Veterans, those recently returning from combat zones, and Veterans with disabilities. Learn more about the HUD-VASH Program.

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Information For the Community

If you know a Veteran who is homeless or at risk of homelessness, you can make a difference. VA provides extensive resources and support for Veterans through community partners and directly to Veterans facing homelessness. Everyone should know VA helps find housing for homeless Veterans.

Be a hero and help connect Veterans with the services they have earned.

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The Grant and Per Diem (GPD) Program

The Grant and Per Diem (GPD) Program funds community-based agencies providing transitional housing or service centers for homeless Veterans. Through the program, each year (as funding is available) VA offers grants that may fund up to 65 percent of the project for the construction, acquisition or renovation of facilities or to purchase vans to provide outreach and services to homeless Veterans.

View the Grant/Per Diem Webpage

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Acquired Property Sales for Homeless Providers Program

VA’s Acquired Property Sales for Homeless Providers Program makes all the properties VA obtains through foreclosures on VA-insured mortgages available for sale to homeless provider organizations to shelter homeless Veterans. The mortgages are offered at a discount of 20 to 50 percent, based on how long the property has been listed for sale.

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Is a Veteran You Know at Risk of Losing Housing?

Is a Veteran You Know at Risk of Losing Housing? Call VA Now. VA has comprehensive programs to prevent and end Veteran homelessness. Contact VA’s National Call Center for Homeless Veterans at 1-877-4AID-VET. You will reach a trained VA responder who can connect you with the resources VA offers through these and many other programs.

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