Seventy-five homeless veterans in Nashville will receive permanent housing assistance through a grant announced by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on Thursday.
The Metro Development and Housing Agency will receive $374,202 to implement the housing program, with the state of Tennessee taking in a total of $842,998. In all, $75 million is to be distributed across the nation to support the needs of homeless veterans.
“Though they served and sacrificed so much for our country, too many of our veterans find themselves on the streets and in homeless shelters,” HUD secretary Shaun Donovan said. “Thankfully, these vouchers will provide a more permanent solution to housing and services these veterans need.”
The program, known as the Housing Choice Voucher Program, distributes funds to local housing agencies nationwide in form of vouchers, which are specifically targeted to homeless veterans and based on a variety of factors, including the number of reported homeless veterans and the proximity of a local VA medical centers with the capacity to provide case management.
A second round of vouchers is expected next month. This is the third year of the Housing Choice Voucher program.