WASHINGTON, DC – Just before Veterans’ Day, U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker (both D-NJ) today announced the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs will receive $334,874 to help implement practices to reduce the amount of time it takes for veterans to locate and move into permanent housing. The grant is provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program.
“Veterans’ homelessness is a problem across our country, and no one who has served our nation should find themselves living on the streets,” said Sen. Menendez. “Some vets have been waiting far too long to get placed, and I am grateful this funding will help speed up the process and ensure our vets in New Jersey expediently find a permanent place to call home.”
“Our veterans put their lives on the line defending our nation’s freedom, so we must remain committed to ensuring they receive the care they deserve,” said Sen. Booker. “This federal grant will help fulfill our nation’s commitment to our bravest men and women by providing them much-needed housing assistance during difficult financial times.”
The grant for the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs is specifically provided by HUD-VASH’s Extraordinary Administrative Fees (EAF) program. The EAF program is providing 52 public housing agencies across the country with a total of $5.4 million in funding to support innovative practices and develop tools to administer the HUD-VASH program and reduce the amount of time that it takes for a veteran to locate and move into permanent housing.
The HUD-VASH program, which began in 2008, awards funding based on demonstrated need in communities with high numbers of homeless veterans, and works with local housing authorities and VA facilities to provide permanent housing and case management and clinical assistance. Veterans participating in the HUD-VASH program rent privately-owned housing and generally contribute no more than 30 percent of their income toward rent.