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Fairfield Metropolitan Housing Authority closed the Housing Choice Voucher Program Waiting List on March 31, 2010. However, the Housing Authority has continued to accept applications from Veterans during this time. Individuals meeting this classification may submit their application by the following process:

  1. Click here to obtain a printable application.
  2. Obtain a DD14 form showing an Honorable Discharge from the Veterans Administration.
  3. Return the completed application with the required DD14 showing an Honorable Discharge by mail or by using the FMHA Drop Box located on the outside of our office by the front door. Only applications with the required DD14 showing an Honorable Discharge document will be accepted.

Veteran Definition

A household that contains a person who served in the active military of the United States and was discharged under conditions other than dishonorable; OR a household that contains a person serving in the active military of the United States. Each applicant for financial assistance, under the Veteran definition, shall be a veteran, as defined above, or active-duty member; or dependent spouse, surviving spouse, dependent parent, minor child, or ward of a Veteran or deceased Veteran, as defined above, or deceased persons who were so serving at the time of the death, or an active-duty member.

Our goal is to contact every veteran in Fairfield County who needs rental assistance by Veterans Day.

FAQ about Homeless Veterans from the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans website at www.nchv.org/background.cfm

Who are homeless veterans?

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) states the nation’s homeless veterans are predominantly male, with roughly five percent being female. The majority of them are single; come from urban areas; and suffer from mental illness, alcohol and/or substance abuse, or co-occurring disorders. About one-third of the adult homeless population are veterans.

America’s homeless veterans have served in World War II, the Korean War, Cold War, Vietnam War, Grenada, Panama, Lebanon, Afghanistan and Iraq (OEF/OIF), and the military’s anti-drug cultivation efforts in South America. Nearly half of homeless veterans served during the Vietnam era. Two-thirds served our country for at least three years, and one-third were stationed in a war zone.

Roughly 56 percent of all homeless veterans are African American or Hispanic, despite only accounting for 12.8 percent and 15.4 percent of the U.S. population respectively.

About 1.5 million other veterans, meanwhile, are considered at risk of homelessness due to poverty, lack of support networks, and dismal living conditions in overcrowded or substandard housing.

How many homeless veterans are there?

Although flawless counts are impossible to come by – the transient nature of homeless populations presents a major difficulty – VA estimates that 107,000 veterans are homeless on any given night. Over the course of a year, approximately twice that many experience homelessness. Only eight percent of the general population can claim veteran status, but nearly one-fifth of the homeless population are veterans.

Why are veterans homeless?

In addition to the complex set of factors influencing all homelessness – extreme shortage of affordable housing, livable income and access to health care – a large number of displaced and at-risk veterans live with lingering effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and substance abuse, which are compounded by a lack of family and social support networks.

A top priority for homeless veterans is secure, safe, clean housing that offers a supportive environment free of drugs and alcohol.

Although “most homeless people are single, unaffiliated men… most housing money in existing federal homelessness programs, in contrast, is devoted to helping homeless families or homeless women with dependent children,” as is stated in the study “Is Homelessness a Housing Problem?” (Understanding Homelessness: New Policy and Research Perspectives, Fannie Mae Foundation, 1997).

Since 1987, VA’s programs for homeless veterans have emphasized collaboration with such community service providers to help expand services to more veterans in crisis. These partnerships are credited with reducing the number of homeless veterans by more than half over the past six years.

What services do veterans need?

Veterans need a coordinated effort that provides secure housing, nutritional meals, basic physical health care, substance abuse care and aftercare, mental health counseling, personal development and empowerment. Additionally, veterans need job assessment, training and placement assistance.

NCHV strongly believes that all programs to assist homeless veterans must focus on helping them obtain and sustain employment.

The PHA Plan serves as a strategic planning tool addressing payment standards, preferences, admission and occupancy procedures, capital improvement needs, the Homeownership Plan, etc. The Plan process is an annual opportunity to determine the role of the Housing Authority in our community – now and in the future.>/p>

The Public Housing Reform Act requires submission of both a Five-Year and an Annual Plan. The Five-Year Plan describes the agency’s mission and the long- term plan for achieving that mission over a period of five years. The Annual Plan provides details about the Housing Authority’s current programs and the resident population served, as well as FMHA’s strategy for addressing the housing needs of currently assisted families. In addition, the law requires that the plan be consistent with the City of Lancaster’s Consolidated Plan.

To ensure public participation in the process, the Plan, including attachments and supporting documents will be available for inspection by the public during normal business hours (8am – 4 pm Mon-Fri) at the FMHA office.

Housing Authorities are required to establish a Resident Advisory Board (RAB) whose membership consists of individuals who reflect and represent residents assisted by the Housing Authority. The RAB makes recommendations regarding the development of the PHA Plan and any significant amendments or modification to the Plan. Residents can ensure their needs are being addressed and become more involved in issues that directly affect them. In addition, residents will be more aware of the process that our Housing Authority undergoes to prioritize capital fund activities. FMHA also benefits by working with the residents who provide important information regarding the physical condition of their units and neighborhoods.

Annual Plan Important Dates

Jul 19 – Sep 2 Available to the public for review

Sep 2 Public Hearing

Oct 17 HUD Submission

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