The hud-vash program is aimed at helping people come off the streets. It provides permanent housing assistance for those who have not had it for a number of years,But it’s very discriminatory .how do you gauge who deserves to be helped especially when you’re dealing with veterans. How many African Americans are on the hud-vash program
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Native American Veteran had lived on Indian reservation land for 25 years, in a camp
protected by his dog. He fed himself and his pup each night with food from a restaurant
dumpster. He occasionally met with Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) outreach staff,
but opted to decline their overtures of assistance to secure stable housing through the
Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)-VA Supportive Housing (VASH) program.
Eventually, forced to move from the reservation to a less secure encampment near the Colorado
River, the Veteran became more receptive to offers of housing assistance from VA staff. Yet
with only a DD-214 and Social Security card, and no picture identification, apartment hunting
was difficult—every landlord wanted a picture ID.
VA HUD-VASH workers did not give up, and continued to work to secure the Veteran housing. In
time, VA staff found a housing authority apartment complex willing to accept the Veteran’s
alternative non-photograph forms of identification. Finally, the Veteran and his canine
companion had access to a permanent home.
Ending homelessness among all Veterans—including Native American Veterans—is a national
priority. Tribal HUD-VASH is a demonstration pilot program run by VA and HUD brings that
mission to tribal lands. Under the first-ever Tribal HUD-VASH, 26 tribes are sharing $5.9 million
in funding for rental assistance. Case management and supportive services for homeless
American Indian or Alaska Native Veterans or those at risk of homelessness, and living on or off
tribal lands (within the authorized tribal/tribally designated housing entities [TDHEs] service
areas) is also provided.
Although it has key differences, Tribal HUD-VASH is modeled on the standard HUD-VASH
program, which combines HUD rental assistance for homeless Veterans with VA case
management and clinical services. Since 2008, HUD-VASH has admitted over 157,800 homeless
Veterans to case management. In its first year, Tribal HUD-VASH will permanently house and
provide supportive services to an estimated 500 American Indian or Alaska Native Veterans
who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
Now this is a stark contrast to reports of many homeless that are looking for permanent help instead of temporary help especially those with PTSD who have a problem with their life being inconsistent and need a more permanent living arrangement.