Housing Vouchers for Veterans Available Through New Hampshire Housing

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Photo by Woody Hibbard. Licensed by Creative Commons. https://flic.kr/p/aeu961

Vouchers from U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will provide rental assistance to 25 additional veterans

New Hampshire has received a boost in addressing homelessness among veterans. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently announced that New Hampshire Housing will receive an additional 25 Housing Choice Vouchers to use as part of the Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) program. VASH combines rental assistance for homeless veterans with clinical care and supportive services through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

These Housing Choice Vouchers will provide critical, long-term sources of rental assistance so homeless veterans can regain stability and self-sufficiency. Robert Iverson Jr., a local veteran, has felt the impact of the program first hand. After suffering an injury on the job in 2008, he was unable to work and became homeless. After spending months with nowhere to go, he was connected with the VASH program in 2009. He now has a place to call home.

“The impact is huge,” Iverson said of the program. “The VA and the housing team are behind you.”

“Our state has seen an increase in rental costs over the past few years, and resources like rental assistance are becoming more critical, especially for homeless veterans,” said Dean Christon, Executive Director of New Hampshire Housing. “These additional VASH vouchers from HUD will provide homeless veterans with the housing they need to be able to rebuild their lives.”

Homeless veterans can dial 1-877-4AID-VET (1-877-424-3838) to speak to a trained VA responder, connect with the nearest VA facility and find out more about VASH. The hotline is free and you do not need to be registered or enrolled in VA healthcare to use the service. More information about services for homeless veterans through the VA can be found at www.manchester.va.gov.

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