Overview:  The housing needs of veterans will be a growing challenge for communities as more service members return home from overseas. As they return, they will face local housing challenges much like many in America are facing including foreclosure, burdensome housing costs, underwater mortgages, and homelessness. Communities, families, and individuals all face difficulties in adjusting to veterans coming home.

Returning veterans are, of course, not the only population of veterans that the housing community can help serve. Many veterans of earlier conflicts are homeless, at-risk, or disabled, in need of supportive housing programs and assistance. Yet others need financial assistance, job training or employment counseling, and more services that NHC’s members and partners—and the housing community at large—are in a good position to provide.

Communities should make efforts to address veterans housing needs, by providing facts, creating space for discussion, identifying solutions, and developing new policy responses.  Veterans are an important community among the many that need better housing policy.  Our obligation to assist those who have served is clear.

Resources
Housing America’s Heros (National Housing Conference)
New York/New York III Supportive Housing Evaluation, NYCDOHMH+NYCHRA+NYSOMH
Veterans Permanent Supportive Housing (National Housing Conference)
Facts About Veterans and Housing (National Housing Conference)
HUD’s Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) Program (HUD)
Equal Opportunity Housing (NationalFairHousing.org)
Rental Assistance Helps over 340k; But Large Unmet Need Remains (Center on Budget & Policy Priorities)
Data Points: The Housing Needs of Veterans (National Alliance to End Homelessness)
A Critical Mission: Developing Veterans Housing (Affordable Housing Finance)
Mental Health America: Housing

Information For the Community 

If you know a Veteran who is homeless or at risk of homelessness, you can make a difference. VA provides extensive resources and support for Veterans through community partners and directly to Veterans facing homelessness. Everyone should know VA helps find housing for homeless Veterans.

Be a hero and help connect Veterans with the services they have earned.

The Grant and Per Diem (GPD) Program funds community-based agencies providing transitional housing or service centers for homeless Veterans. Through the program, each year (as funding is available) VA offers grants that may fund up to 65 percent of the project for the construction, acquisition or renovation of facilities or to purchase vans to provide outreach and services to homeless Veterans.

VA’s Acquired Property Sales for Homeless Providers Program makes all the properties VA obtains through foreclosures on VA-insured mortgages available for sale to homeless provider organizations to shelter homeless Veterans. The mortgages are offered at a discount of 20 to 50 percent, based on how long the property has been listed for sale.

Is a Veteran You Know at Risk of Losing Housing? Call VA Now. VA has comprehensive programs to prevent and eliminate Veteran homelessness. Contact VA’s National Call Center for Homeless Veterans at 1-877-4AID-VET. You will reach a trained VA responder who can connect you with the resources VA offers through these and many other programs.

Need more? Contact us at communications@rupco.org.