U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Press Release

HUD, VA Team up to Help 54 Homeless Veterans Find Permanent Homes in Wisconsin

The supportive housing assistance announced today is provided through the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing Program.

Joseph P. Galvan. Photo from HUD.

Joseph P. Galvan. Photo from HUD.

Madison, WI– In an effort to end veteran homelessness, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced the availability of nearly $247,000 to 12 housing Authorities in Wisconsin to provide permanent homes for 54 veterans experiencing homelessness. The supportive housing assistance announced today is provided through the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) Program which combines rental assistance from HUD with case management and clinical services provided by VA.

A component of the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program, the HUD-VASH vouchers being awarded today enable homeless veterans to obtain affordable, decent housing in the private market. These vouchers are critical tools in helping communities effectively end homelessness among veterans. See local funding chart below.

“Our nation’s veterans deserve more than a life on the streets,” said HUD Secretary Ben Carson. “There is no greater responsibility than to end veteran homeless and to make certain that those who have served our nation have a home they can call their own.”

“While we have made great strides in reducing veteran homelessness nearly in half nationally since 2010 and by over 46% across Wisconsin, these vouchers will be a great resource as we continue to work tirelessly to end the travesty of veteran homelessness,” said HUD Midwest Regional Administrator Joseph P. Galvan.

Nationally, more than 87,000 vouchers have been awarded and approximately 144,000 homeless veterans have been served through the HUD-VASH program since 2008. Rental assistance and supportive services provided through HUD-VASH are a critical resource for local communities in ending homelessness among our nation’s veterans.

In the HUD-VASH program, VA Medical Centers (VAMCs) assess veterans experiencing homelessness before referring them to local housing agencies for these vouchers. Decisions are based on a variety of factors, most importantly the duration of homelessness and the need for longer term, more intensive support in obtaining and maintaining permanent housing. The HUD-VASH program includes both the rental assistance the voucher provides and the comprehensive case management that VAMC staff offers.

Veterans participating in the HUD-VASH program rent privately owned housing and generally contribute no more than 30 percent of their income toward rent. VA offers eligible homeless veterans clinical and supportive services through its medical centers across the U.S., Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

STATE PHA NAME PARTNERING VA MED FACILITY # HUD-VASH VOUCHERS AWARD AMT
Wisconsin Brown County Housing Authority Milwaukee WI 2 $10,319
Wisconsin City of Kenosha Housing Authority North Chicago 11 $54,271
Wisconsin Community Development of Madison Madison WI 7 $39,978
Wisconsin Eau Claire County Housing Authority V23/Minneapolis HCS 5 $19,987
Wisconsin Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee Milwaukee WI 5 $25,966
Wisconsin Oshkosh/Winnebago Housing Authority Milwaukee WI 5 $15,693
Wisconsin Racine County Housing Authority Milwaukee WI 2 $7,740
Wisconsin Walworth County Housing Authority Milwaukee WI 5 $18,587
Wisconsin WEST ALLIS CDA Milwaukee WI 4 $21,342
Wisconsin Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA) Iron Mountain MI 1 $4,077
Wisconsin Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA) Milwaukee WI 2 $8,154
Wisconsin Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA) V23/Minneapolis HCS 5 $20,386
Wisconsin Total     54 $246,502


HUD’s mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all.
More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet at www.hud.gov and http://espanol.hud.gov.  You can also connect with HUD on social media  or sign up for news alerts on HUD’s Email List.

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