The federal government announced Tuesday that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Veterans Affairs will provide more than $600,000 to public housing agencies in Hawaii to supply permanent housing and case management for more than 75 homeless veterans in the state.
The permanent supportive housing assistance is provided through HUD's Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing Program.
"Under the leadership of President Obama, we have made significant progress in the fight to end homelessness among veterans, but more work remains," said VA Secretary Eric Shinseki, who was born and raised in Hawaii. "The partnership between the federal government and community agencies across the country has strengthened all of our efforts to honor our veterans and keep us on track to prevent and eliminate veteran homelessness by 2015."
"It’s a national disgrace that one out of every six men and women in our shelters once wore a uniform to serve our country," said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. "But we know that by providing housing assistance and case management services, we can significantly reduce the number of veterans living on our streets. Working together, HUD, VA and local housing agencies are making real progress toward ending veteran homelessness once and for all."
This funding to local housing agencies is part of the Obama Administration’s commitment to end veteran and long-term chronic homelessness by 2015.