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State receives more fed funds for homeless vets

The New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal will receive a $1 million award from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to provide permanent housing for homeless veterans.

The award will support 100 additional vouchers through HUD’s Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing initiative.

DHCR has helped to house 237 veterans with VASH vouchers in Suffolk and Westchester counties since first receiving VASH funding in May 2008. The agency recently expanded the successful program into Steuben, Nassau and Lewis counties.

DHCR will distribute the 100 vouchers to local programs in four counties, including 25 vouchers each to the Tri-County Housing Council’s Steuben County program, to be administered in partnership with the Bath Veterans Administration Medical Center; and to Lewis County Opportunity’s Jefferson County program, to be administered in partnership with the Watertown Veterans Administration Medical Center. Veterans participating in the HUD-VASH housing assistance program rent privately owned housing and generally contribute no more than 30 percent of their income toward rent.