Harder Announces Nearly $150,000 Federal Investment for Homeless Veterans
WASHINGTON – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) today announced $142,780 for the Housing Authority of Stanislaus County. The funding will provide housing as well as supportive services including health care, mental health treatment, and substance abuse counseling for chronically homeless and at-risk veterans and their families at a time when homelessness in the county is at a record high. Support is given to veterans and their families as vouchers in a collaborative effort between the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH), which now serves more than 114,000 veterans each year.
“The men and women who put their lives on the line to serve our nation deserve a place to sleep and a roof over their heads when they come home,” said Rep. Harder. “At a time when we’re seeing a homelessness epidemic, these dollars will not only help veterans get housing but give them the wraparound services they need to help them get back on their feet.”
“Stanislaus Regional Housing Authority is committed to serving Veterans as a small token of thanks for their service,” said Barbara Kauss, Executive Director, Housing Authority of the County of Stanislaus. “VASH Vouchers serve the most vulnerable of Veterans; homeless Veterans. The Authority is excited to add these additional vouchers to serve Veterans in Stanislaus and Amador Counites.”
The administration’s 2020 budget proposal eliminated the HUD-VASH program, but Rep. Harder successfully advocated to fully fund these vouchers at $40 Million and additionally, supported providing $1.8 Billion for homeless assistance programs, in the 2020 Housing and Urban Development appropriations bill.