Published On: August 2nd, 2023 | Categories: Homelessness, National Updates |

The Biden Administration announced several new actions in funding and programs to respond to veterans’ homelessness with the goal of permanently housing at least 38,000 veterans in 2023. According to the Administration, recent investments have helped reduce the number of homeless veterans by 11% since early 2020 and more than 55% since 2010. Actions announced include:

  • More than $3.1 billion in funding to homeless services organizations to provide housing and supportive services to veterans experiencing homelessness.
  • $11.5 million in funding to government and nonprofit organizations for legal representation to prevent evictions and help veterans access public benefits.
  • More than $58 million in grants to help homeless veterans or those at risk of homelessness reintegrate into the workforce.
  • Hosting a series of boot camps to help public housing agencies and VA Medical Centers better access the HUD-VA Supportive housing (HUD-VASH) program, which pairs rental assistance with case management and supportive services.

These actions are in addition to other recent initiatives, including the significant funding included in the President’s American Rescue Plan and the launch of ALL INside, the Administration’s new initiative to address unsheltered homelessness in selected communities. Additionally, the President’s FY 2023 Budget proposes additional investments to prevent homelessness, including increasing housing vouchers and emergency rental assistance.

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Heading up the LDC Homelessness Solutions Team, Pam Kestner has spent over 22 years involved in efforts to effectively reduce homelessness at the local and state levels. She holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Emory & Henry College and an MSW from Virginia Commonwealth University. Biography | Email

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