Tuesday, May 21, 2013
AHFC Extends Thousands in Grant Money to Homeless Veterans
There are more than 77,000 veterans in Alaska and more than 250 of them are homeless
Alaska's homeless veterans are about to get a hand up as the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation this week announced nearly $175,000 in housing assistance grants for veterans.
With more than 250 homeless veterans living throughout the state, officials from the Department of Veterans Affairs say the grants would fast track the department's goal of eliminating veteran homelessness by 2015.
"The grant of money from Housing and Urban Development pays the remainder of the rent, so it gives the veteran an opportunity to obtain housing in a community setting," said Marcia Hoffman-DeVoe, public affairs officer for the Alaska VA Healthcare System.
There are 25 available housing assistance vouchers, and the program would require veterans to contribute no more than 30 percent of their income toward rent.
"This provides them an opportunity to seek housing at lower income," Hoffman-DeVoe said. "Plus, with this housing the VA provides case management services."