If you’re an active-duty member of the armed forces, finding help with housing is pretty easy. Just visit your local base housing office. But how do you find help with housing if you’re a veteran? Thankfully, finding housing for veterans is easier than you think. It’s just a matter of knowing where to go for help.
But the sad state of affairs is many don’t know where to find that help. Help in finding housing for veterans takes time and research. It is tragic that many of our veterans are homeless. According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness at least 50,000 veterans are homeless. Sleeping on the streets each night. That means that one in four of all homeless are Veterans.
Below is just a short list of the many public and private agencies that can help.
Organizations Specializing in Finding Housing For Veterans
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: Housing For Veterans Program
At the top of the list is the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. If you or someone you know is homeless, this is the place to start. The HUD-VASH (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development-VA Supportive Housing) program is a collaborative program that provides rental assistance vouchers through public housing authorities. These vouchers can be used to help pay rent for privately owned housing.
State Housing For Veterans Programs
Almost all States and major cities have some form of a program for helping our homeless Veterans. Most of these agencies are referred to as housing authorities. For example, in Reno, it would be the Reno Housing Authority. For Seattle, it would be the Seattle Housing Authority. It would be extraordinarily difficult to list all housing authorities here. Suffice to say that a simple internet search can help. Just use your city or state with the keywords “housing authority.” This should get you the information you need.
These housing authorities are your starting place for finding low-income public housing options. It’s also the starting point for the Housing Choice Vouchers Program. The Housing Choice Voucher Program (also known as Section 8) issues vouchers that pay a portion of the monthly rent. Each agency has different tenant requirements. So you are highly advised to visit their respective sites for more information.
Non Government Programs For Veteran Housing
Many of the government sponsored housing programs are for individuals that are homeless or indigent. But what if your just a veteran who needs a little help? Not to worry. There are several privately run non-profits that can help. Or at least point you in the right direction.
Veterans Affordable Housing Program
American Veterans Assistance Group (AVAG) is a qualified 501(c)(3) charitable organization. They provide low and moderate income families with quality, affordable housing since 1997. They now offer help to veterans and their families through its Veterans Assistance Program.
This organization offers an amazing assortment of help for our veterans. They offer an Affordable Home Purchasing programs. They also have down payment assistance. Move in subsidies and various financing options. They even have grant funds for handicap assistance.
Veterans Inc. Housing Program
The goal of the Veterans Inc. Housing Program is simple: to end chronic homelessness among veterans in our communities. This organization brings hope to veterans and their families.
Veterans Inc. Housing offers emergency, transitional, and long-term supportive housing. Pursuant to their website; “The organization operates safe, drug- and alcohol-free facilities. These facilities are for male and female veterans of all ages and eras. Their housing and supportive service programs give veterans a stable base from which to find or hold a job. Or to continue their physical or mental recovery. And, ultimately, return vets to independent living.
Veterans Inc. has an 85% success rate. One of the highest in the nation.