The U.S. Department of Housing and Community Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) is receiving more affordable housing funding specifically for veterans.
Twenty additional HUD-Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) vouchers were awarded to FCRHA, increasing the total number of local vouchers available to 183. These vouchers provide veterans experiencing homelessness with affordable housing and supportive services. The additional HUD-VASH vouchers will become available on April 1, 2024.
“Thousands of veterans live in Fairfax County, but some live without stable housing, with food insecurity, and suffering from health issues. That is why the additional VASH vouchers are so important, as this program goes beyond housing services to really help veterans get back into a stable life,” said Lenore Stanton, Chair, Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority.
HUD and VA awarded a total of $16.1 million of HUD-VASH vouchers to 71 public housing authorities across the country. The program combines rental assistance from HUD with case management and clinical services from the VA.
At the time of the award, HUD Secretary Marcia L. Fudge commented, “HUD is excited to award new HUD-VASH vouchers to 71 public housing agencies across the country to address homelessness among veterans. These vouchers will help us get homeless veterans and their families off the streets and into affordable housing. This investment represents our commitment to making veteran homelessness a thing of the past.”
Veterans are referred to the Fairfax County program through the VA. Anyone who is homeless and in need of housing can call Fairfax County Coordinated Services Planning at 703-222-0880 to get connected to emergency housing.