June 25, 2012 - Christie Administration Recognized for Commitment to Serving Homeless Veterans in New Jersey
CHRISTIE ADMINISTRATION RECOGNIZED FOR
Historic Event Celebrates the Achievement of the HUD-VASH Program in New Jersey
LONG BRANCH, NJ – Commissioner Richard E. Constable, III today announced that the Department of Community Affairs (DCA) was recognized for its contributions to the Housing and Urban Development’s Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program. Organized by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and hosted by the Long Branch Housing Authority, this historic event brought together HUD officials, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Community Affairs (DCA) and multiple housing authorities from across the state to recognize the programs achievements.
“The Christie Administration is committed to serving New Jersey’s most vulnerable populations,” said DCA Commissioner Constable. “The resources provided by DCA through the HUD-VASH program are critical for New Jersey’s most vulnerable veterans, many of whom are chronically homeless and disabled.”
The DCA, V.A. and the Long Branch Housing Authority partnered to provide free transportation for more than 120 veterans that attended this event.
“We are excited that HUD is taking the time to recognize the achievements of the VASH program,” said Greg Vida, Director of the Division of Housing and Community Resources. “The HUD-VASH is yet another way the department gives homeless veterans access to affordable housing with an array of supportive services.”
The HUD-VASH program, a collaboration between the HUD, the Veteran's Administration (VA) and local housing agencies, provides permanent housing for homeless veterans. The DCA has recently been awarded 200 additional VASH vouchers in addition to 50 Project-Based VASH vouchers for future use at Valley Brook Village, a housing project that will be built on the grounds of Lyons Campus of the VA NJ Health Care System.
For more information on the HUD-VASH program visit HUD at http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/public_indian_housing/programs/hcv/vash.