June 12, 2017
SACRAMENTO, CA - The Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD),the California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet), and the California Housing Finance Agency (CalHFA) announce the latest round of awards to help build or rehabilitate 12 development projects that will house and assist veterans experiencing homelessness. The awards constitute the third round of funding in the Veterans Housing and Homelessness Prevention (VHHP) program and include projects from Eureka to San Diego.
Awards for this third round of funding total approximately $62 million. Once built, the projects will increase affordable housing units by 836 throughout the state. Of those units, 470 will be veteran-specific, with 243 of the units dedicated to chronically homeless veterans.
CalVet Secretary Dr. Vito Imbasciani affirmed California's ongoing commitment to veterans and their families to lift them out of homelessness over the long term, stating "The VHHP funding generates more than four walls and a roof for veterans who are struggling; it provides a safe place with supportive services that create a ladder for success from chronic homelessness."
"The men and women who were brave enough to serve our country should not have to fight another battle once they return home," said Housing and Community Development Director, Ben Metcalf. "The VHHP program helps veterans and their families regain a sense of place, a sense of pride, and peace."
On any given night, more than 9,600 veterans are at risk of homelessness in California, and countless more face housing instability. Instability and homelessness among women veterans and their children are also on the rise.
The service-rich communities being developed through VHHP funding address many of the challenges homeless veterans face and support their movement toward self-sufficiency.
To date, the VHHP program has awarded $238 million in funding, which will result in 1970 number of housing units for veterans and their families.
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In 2013, the State Legislature authorized approximately $600 million (AB 639, Perez), in general obligation bonds to construct, or acquire, and rehabilitate, multifamily permanent, transitional and supportive housing for low-income Veterans and their families experiencing homelessness and housing instability. California voters approved the program when Proposition 41 passed on the June 2014 ballot.
HCD Contact: Evan Gerberding, firstname.lastname@example.org, (916) 263-7408
CalVet Contact: Thora Chaves, email@example.com, (916) 653-2547
CalHFA Contact: Kathy Phillips, firstname.lastname@example.org, (916) 326-8605
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