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Feds dedicate millions to help homeless vets

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is providing $46.2 million to help troubled veterans in all 50 states and the District of Columbia as part of the Obama administration’s commitment to end homelessness among veterans by 2015.

The money will be used to supply permanent housing and case management for about 6,790 men and women who have served in the U.S. armed forces.

Eligible veterans will be given vouchers to rent privately owned homes. The veterans generally are required to contribute no more than 30 percent of their income toward rent. The most important eligibility factor for the vouchers is the need for and willingness to participate in VA case management, the agencies said.

The funding was announced Thursday by U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki.

“Working with our partners at HUD and in Congress, we continue to make good progress to reduce veteran homelessness though much work remains," said Shinseki. "VA is committed to providing veterans and their families with access to affordable housing and medical services that will help them get back on their feet.”

 “Growing up during the Vietnam War, I saw a generation of soldiers left behind because they weren’t given the support they needed during their transition home, and I have worked to ensure that veterans today don’t face a similar fate," said Senator Patty Murray, Chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee. "These vouchers will provide critical support to thousands of veterans whose needs went unmet for too long.”

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