CONGRESSWOMAN FREDERICA WILSON CONGRATULATES SOUTH FLORIDA AGENCIES RECEIVING CRITICAL FUNDING TO ASSIST HOMELESS VETERANS

Over $1.2 Million in Federal Grants Awarded to Help House South Florida’s Homeless Veterans

MIAMI, FL – May 30, 2013 – (RealEstateRama) — Today, Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson (FL-24) announced that the Miami-Dade County Department of Public Housing and Community Development and the Broward County Housing Authority will receive over $1.2 million in federal funding to provide housing and case management to 145 homeless veterans in South Florida.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) are working together to provide permanent supportive housing to homeless veterans through the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) Program. This program combines rental assistance from HUD with case management and clinical services provided by Veterans Affairs. Since 2008, a total of 48,385 vouchers have been awarded and 42,557 formerly homeless veterans are currently in homes because of HUD-VASH.

The Miami-Dade County Department of Public Housing and Community Development will receive $327,024 to assist 45 homeless veterans. Broward County Housing Authority will receive $895,956 to serve 100 homeless veterans. Both housing agencies will partner with the Miami VA Health Care System and other organizations to help these veterans access additional services.

“Every veteran deserves a place to call home,” said Congresswoman Wilson.

“This funding will provide a suitable home, access to additional services, and hope for 145 veterans in South Florida. This brings great joy to my heart, and I am committed to ensuring that our veterans receive the help and resources they need and deserve.”

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U.S. Rep. Frederica S. Wilson is a second-term Congresswoman from Florida representing parts of Northern Miami-Dade and Southeast Broward counties. A former state legislator and school principal, she is the founder of the 5000 Role Models for Excellence Project, a mentoring program for young males at risk of dropping out of school.

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