DelBene Announces Millions in Federal Grants to Help Homeless Veterans Find Permanent Housing
Today, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) announced the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is awarding more than 100 housing vouchers for local homeless veterans and their families, worth over $1.5 million dollars. The vouchers going to the King County, Snohomish County, Skagit County and Bellingham housing authorities will provide 163 homeless veterans the ability to find permanent homes.
“We have an obligation to care for those who have risked their lives and made painful sacrifices for our families and our freedoms, which includes making sure all our veterans have a safe and affordable place to call home,” said DelBene. “I am pleased to see these housing authorities receive this additional funding to help increase access to affordable housing for our veterans. That is why each year I have been in Congress I have helped send letters to the House Appropriations Committee to guarantee the HUD-VASH program is adequately funded to meet demand. I will continue to work with my colleagues in Congress to provide robust funding for the critical HUD-VASH program and ensure all our veterans are receiving the support and benefits they deserve and have earned.”
The breakdown in housing vouchers is as follows:
King County – 100 vouchers ($914,568)
Snohomish County – 50 vouchers ($441,558)
Bellingham – 10 vouchers ($50,776)
Skagit County – 3 vouchers ($18,097)
The grants were awarded under HUD-VASH, a collaborative program between HUD and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to help our brave veterans and their families find long-term housing. As of September 2015, over 78,000 housing vouchers have been awarded to veterans across the nation.
Congresswoman DelBene represents Washington’s first congressional district. Last year, she reintroduced the Manufacturing Jobs for Veterans Act to help our nation’s veterans find good-paying jobs in the manufacturing sector.