Tribal HUD-VASH to assist Native American Veterans
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today renewed $2.9 million in grants to 25 Tribes and tribally designated housing entities (TDHEs) that provide housing and supportive services to Native American Veterans who are experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness. The Tribal HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (Tribal HUD-VASH) Program is a demonstration program that combines rental assistance from HUD with case management and clinical services provided by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. See chart below.
“Our nation’s Veterans have given so much to our country, it’s now our duty to honor their sacrifices,” said HUD Secretary Ben Carson. “The housing assistance and supportive services announced today will allow Tribes across the country to continue their important work of ensuring Native American Veterans have a safe place to call home.”
In 2015, Congress authorized funding for a demonstration program in order to expand the HUD-VASH program into Indian Country. HUD was directed to coordinate with Tribes, TDHEs, and other appropriate tribal organizations on the design of this program, and to ensure the effective delivery of housing assistance and supportive services to eligible Native American Veterans. Since its inception, the demonstration program has awarded a total of $12.6 million.