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Area landlords needed to advocate for homeless Veterans
July 28, 2022

landlords for homeless veterans

MOUNTAIN HOME, TN -- In response to the ongoing affordable housing crisis, James H. Quillen VA Medical Center (JHQVAMC) encourages local landlords to partner with its homeless Veterans program — which currently provides rental subsidies and landlord support for approximately 276 Veterans and their families in the region.

The program is facing challenges due to increases in rent and growth in inflation rates and emboldens landlords to consider opening their homes up to a Veteran family.

“It’s important that communities nationwide work together to keep our Veterans in safe and stable homes to honor the promise of our Nation to the men and women whose patriotic service and sacrifice has ensured our freedom today”.

The local impact of decreased availability of affordable housing has resulted in extended housing searches and delays in locating suitable housing for homeless Veterans by 35% in comparison to two years ago.

There are benefits of renting to homeless Veterans:
• VA provides services to Veterans placed in permanent housing to support their housing stability. Reliable income from subsidies where a portion of the rent is automatically paid on time to landlords by a public housing authority or a VA grantee.
• Support from VA case management to connect landlords and Veterans with help they may need.
• Making a positive impact in changing a Veteran's life.

Since 2008, JHQVAMC has successfully housed over 1045 Veterans in the community through VA’s permanent housing programs.

To support, revitalize and streamline VA’s commitment to end Veteran homelessness and ensure at-risk Veterans are protected from this housing crisis, VA has established a nationwide goal to house 38,000 homeless Veterans during calendar year 2022.

Area property owners interested in helping Veterans may contact Rhonda.Bier@va,gov for Northeast Tenn. and Bristol, Va., or for the Knoxville and Oak Ridge, Tenn. areas for more information.

HUD-VASH is a collaborative program which pairs HUD’s Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) rental assistance with VA case management and supportive services for homeless Veterans. These services are designed to help homeless Veterans and their families find and sustain permanent housing and access the health care, mental health treatment, substance use counseling, and other supports necessary to help them in their recovery process and with their ability to maintain housing in the community.

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