INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Hundreds of thousands of dollars are coming to Indiana through a federal program to help homeless veterans with a permanent place to call home.
The program called HUD-VASH is a partnership between the U. S. Department of Urban Development and Veterans Affairs.
$370,000s has been awarded to help 74 homeless veterans across the state.
The program combines rental assistance from HUD with case management and clinical services provided by the VA.
Kathryn Regan-Shinn, served in the military for 17 years.
She was also a homeless veteran and knows this program will make a difference in the lives of Hoosiers who served our country and need a hand.
“Everybody falls on hard times, but the last people you’d wanna see in this world to fall on really hard time are your veterans,” said Regan-Shinn.
State Represenative Karlee Macer says this program is a wonderful opportunity to serve the veterans in the state of Indiana.
“It’s programs like this and people working together that are really gonna truly help serve our veterans. Having access to these kinds of opportunities are exactly what veterans need. It’s what they've worked for it’s really what we should be doing and more of,” said Representative Macer.
“We in Indianapolis at Roudebush and all VA facilities are striving to find veterans who are homeless, help them out and get them involved in programs where they can get back on their feet,” said Pete Scovill, spokesperson for Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center in Indianapolis.
Decisions are based on a variety of factors, including the duration of homelessness and the need for longer term, more intensive support in obtaining and maintaining permanent housing.
Veterans participating in the HUD-VASH program rent privately owned housing and generally contribute no more than 30 percent of their income toward rent.