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For the First Time HUD-VASH Expanded to Native American Communities

Department of Housing and Urban Development

On January 30th, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced the expansion of its Veteran supportive housing program to Native American communities. The HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) Program, a collaboration between HUD and the Department of Veteran Affairs, provides rental assistance, case management and clinical services to Veterans who are homeless or at risk. This extension is part of the national effort to end Veteran homelessness, which from 2010 to 2014 saw an almost 40% decrease.

The HUD-VASH expansion to Native American communities designates $4 million dollars to assist approximately 650 Veterans who reside within or close to tribal lands. The program is seeking input from the Native American population on implementation details, including funding conditions and medical provider selection.

“Ensuring that our men and women who served in uniform receive the care and support they’ve earned is a national responsibility,” remarked HUD Secretary Julián Castro.  “But for too long, fulfilling that responsibility to many Native American veterans has been borne by Indian Country alone. We’re changing that this year.”

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