The City of Waterloo Housing Authority will receive Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) vouchers from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) effective October 1, 2018. As part of the Waterloo Housing Authority’s mission to provide decent, safe, affordable, and sanitary housing, these VASH vouchers will serve 19 low-income homeless veterans in Waterloo.
The VASH program combines Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) rental assistance for homeless veterans with case management and clinical services through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). VA provides these services to participating veterans at VA medical centers (VAMCs) and community-based outreach clinics. The Waterloo Housing Authority is partnering with V23/Iowa City Heath Care Services, to serve veterans in the City of Waterloo. The VA Community Resource and Referral Center in Cedar Rapids will refer homeless Veterans to the Housing Authority, as well as provide supportive services for the participants. The Cedar Rapids Center currently provides supportive services to approximately 90 VASH participants in Iowa City and Cedar Rapids.
“We are excited to have these 19 HUD-VASH vouchers available to assist homeless veterans in our community,” says Julie Dawson, Housing Authority Director. “I am looking forward working with the Cedar Rapids VA Community Resource and Referral Center, as they have a wealth of experience with this program.”
Kevin Dill, Director of Black Hawk County Veterans Affairs, is providing full access to the Waterloo office to help identify veterans who will benefit from this program. “HUD-VASH vouchers will have a tremendous impact on bringing homeless veterans in off the street,” says Dill. “Because it provides full case management services to the homeless veterans utilizing the vouchers, these veterans will have a greater chance of being successful. It will reduce the likelihood they will bounce in and out of homelessness, or of being re-housed multiple times. We hope they will never be referred to as a homeless veteran again.”
Interested veterans may contact Josh Clendening with the Community Resource and Referral Center at 319-499-7971 for more information on HUD-VASH vouchers in the City of Waterloo.