Obama Administration, HUD, VA Announce $13.5 Million in Homeless Assistance for Veterans

December 9, 2014    

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Obama Administration, HUD, VA Announce $13.5 Million in Homeless Assistance for Veterans

The Obama administration and two federal agencies on Monday announced $13.5 million in funding for housing assistance aimed at helping 1,984 homeless veterans. The assistance will come in the form of Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers coupled with Department of Veterans Affairs case management under the Department of Housing and Urban Development-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) voucher program. The HUD-VASH program is an essential component of the Obama administration's and VA's ongoing effort to end veteran homelessness by the end of 2015. It has served nearly 70,000 homeless veterans since 2008.

Congress to Finalize FY 2015 Appropriations
Members of Congress hope to wrap up the 113th Congress with a final vote on the "cromnibus"- a combination of a continuing resolution and an omnibus funding bill - before the current continuing resolution (CR) funding the government runs out this Thursday, Dec. 11. The cromnibus would fund the Department of Homeland Security through March and fund all other federal operations, including homeless assistance and affordable housing programs, through the end of the federal fiscal year on Sept. 30, 2015.
The cromnibus, which was meant to avert a government shutdown later this week, has been delayed by protracted negotiations on a number of issues, including President Obama's recent immigration order. The timeline for passing it is uncertain, although members of Congress appear committed to passing it sometime this week. In the meantime, lawmakers are preparing a CR, a stopgap spending bill that would delay the government shut-down and give members more time to resolve their differences.

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New Website Feature!

The SOAR TA Center Introduces “SOAR Voices” Blog!

The SOAR TA Center is excited to announce a new feature on our website: the SOAR Voices blog! The SOAR Voices blog can be found at the following link: http://soarworks.prainc.com/blog. SOAR Voices is intended to be a collection of stories and experiences from SOAR providers across the nation, and we want your story! We will feature a different post each month by a member of the SOAR community – from Hawaii to Maine. We hope that this blog will spark conversation between the states and strengthen our community.

Our first post is by SOAR Project Associate, Matt Canuteson. In this must-read post, Matt relates his experiences receiving benefits, how benefits supported his recovery, and how his recovery has inspired his career in human services. Read his blog post here: http://soarworks.prainc.com/content/learning-soar

Call for submissions: If you would like to write a post for the SOAR Voices blog, please e-mail your post to soar@prainc.com. Posts are accepted on a rolling basis and should be between 250-500 words, and, if possible, include an image to go along with the post.

Want to write a post, but are stumped for topics? Try one of these:
  • Experiences taking the online course, attending a Leadership Academy, or receiving technical assistance
  • Your first SOAR application
  • Why SOAR works for your community
  • Success stories of individuals in recovery
  • Solutions to problems you have encountered in the field
  • Special populations that you have experience working with
  • “A day in the life” of a SOAR provider
We look forward to receiving your posts! If you have any questions, please contact us at soar@prainc.com .