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Fairfield Metropolitan Housing Authority Receives Funding to Assist Homeless Veterans Through the Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing Program

The Fairfield Metropolitan Housing Authority (FMHA) has been awarded $115,320 for the Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) Program in Fairfield County. This funding, from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), is a coordinated effort involving HUD, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and FMHA to provide permanent housing for homeless veterans in conjunction with supportive services.

These funds will provide FMHA with 25 additional Housing Choice Vouchers that are reserved for homeless single veterans or veterans with families. Under the VASH Program, the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Chillicothe and the Veterans Administration Clinic in Lancaster provides supportive services and case management to eligible homeless veterans and then refers the veterans to FMHA for rental assistance.

Qualified veterans receive a VASH Voucher and are able to rent apartments, condominiums or homes from property owners who are willing to participate in the program. In addition, veterans will pay approximately 30% of their income for their portion of monthly rent and FMHA will pay the balance directly to property owners.

As well as assisting homeless veterans, this award supports strategies identified in Fairfield County’s Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness. The Plan, developed by the Fairfield County Housing Coalition, provides a blueprint for how our community will work together to confront the issues that cause homelessness and create housing and supportive services needed to end homelessness.

FMHA currently assists, with all our programs approximately1044 families with monthly rental assistance payments to 369 landlords in Fairfield County.

Veterans who are interested in the VASH Program should call Pat Lyons at 1-740-773-1141 X6086

Property owners who would like to rent to VASH veterans should contact FMHA at 740-653-6618 X221

“Our veterans sacrifice so much to serve our country. Now it’s time for us to return the favor,” stated Heather Cagg.

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