As discussed in a previous article, the goal is to end veteran homelessness by the end of 2015, and to do so by providing homeless veterans with permanent housing. With a new round of funding underway, that goal is well on its way to being met.
On October 2nd, 2014, it was announced that $270 million will be going to programs hoping to address the problem. $62 million will go toward a rental-assistance program, while $207 million will go toward helping up to 70,000 veterans and their families keep their current homes.
In addition, President Obama’s 2015 budget proposal is requesting $75 million in order to issue 10,000 new housing vouchers per year—these housing vouchers are intended to allow homeless veterans to move into, and remain, in rental units.
Ending veteran homelessness by 2015 will still be a tough task. But, if nothing else, this is a start to be proud of. And, the best part? It’s becoming contagious. Check out the videos to see what our mayor-elects are saying about the efforts.
Wax-Thibodeaux, Emily. “In effort to end veteran homelessness by 2015, this $270 million doesn’t hurt“. The Washington Post. 2 October 2014. Web.