VA Partnership with Veterans Matter Helps 4,000 Veterans Find a HomeUpdated November 4, 2020 News
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and VA’s Supportive Housing program, known as HUD-VASH, works with Veterans Matter to help Veterans experiencing homelessness and qualify for rental subsidies to cover the cost of security deposits.
“Collaborations with organizations like Veterans Matter is fundamental to achieving our goal of ending homelessness among Veterans,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “We celebrate the more than 4,000 Veterans that have stable housing as a result of selfless acts of kindness by people who believe every Veteran deserves a place to call home.”
From 2012 to 2016, the partnership helped house 1,000 Veterans and has since assisted 3,000 additional Veterans, increasing 200% during the past four years. Veterans who receive this financial assistance can quickly move into approved housing, often because Veterans Matter can provide the security deposits to the landlord within 24-48 hours.
Veterans Matter is a program of the non-profit organization 1Matters.org. Established in 2012, the program removes financial obstacles to securing stable housing for Veterans experiencing homelessness in 25 states and the District of Columbia.
“As a nation, we have an obligation to help Veterans who fall on hard times,” said Ken Leslie, who founded Veterans Matter and once was homeless. “Our partnership with VA demonstrates how the public and private sectors can unite to help Veterans exit homelessness and reintegrate back into their families and communities.”
The HUD-VASH program is a collaboration between HUD and VA that combines HUD housing vouchers with VA supportive services such as employment assistance, health care, mental health treatment, and substance use counseling. The program enrolls more Veterans who have experienced long-term or repeated homelessness than any other federal program.