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City gets $39,161, enough to house five more homeless veterans


In an effort to end veteran homelessness in the city, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced $39,161 in new funding will be awarded to the city of Virginia Beach Department of Housing and Neighborhood Preservation to provide a permanent home for five additional veterans experiencing homelessness in Virginia Beach.

HUD Region III Regional Administrator Joseph DeFelice joined Hampton VA Medical Center chief of staff, Dr. Priscilla Hankins, in presenting Andrew Friedman, director of Housing and Neighborhood Preservation, with the ceremonial check at a ceremony at Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority this morning.

Virginia Beach Housing and Neighborhood Preservationis one of 13 public housing agencies that was awarded new funding totaling $693,962 for the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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 the VA.

Virginia Beach uses HUD-VASH vouchers, in partnership with the Hampton VA Medical Center, to provide housing subsidies to homeless veterans and their families.

The new funding awarded today is enough to support five new HUD-VASH vouchers, which will provide a year of housing subsidies for five veteran households.

This will bring the total of HUD-VASH vouchers in Virginia Beach to 151.

"The city of Virginia Beach has been an active participant in the national, state and regional effort to make veteran homelessness rare, brief and nonrecurring," said Friedman. "The Commonwealth, as a whole, was recognized as functionally ending veteran homelessness in 2015. This means that veterans who become homeless, once identified, can be housed within approximately 60 days."

HUD Region III Regional Administrator Joseph DeFelice, on right, joined Hampton VA Medical Center chief of staff, Dr. Priscilla Hankins, on left, in presenting Andrew Friedman, director of Housing and Neighborhood Preservation, with the ceremonial check at a ceremony at Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority this morning.

Andrew Friedman, second from the left, along with some regional officials, stand with the ceremonial check at a ceremony at Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority this morning.

(Courtesy photos.)

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