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The end of VASH? Proposed FY2017 budget excludes new funding for Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing Vouchers
The President’s proposed budget for next year includes no new funding for Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH).  For the past several years the budget has included at least $60 million for new VASH vouchers. 
 
This program represents a shared effort between HUD and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) to address homelessness among veterans nationwide. These vouchers are administered by select local housing authorities which work in collaboration with local VA Medical Centers to house homeless veterans. Many communities have made tremendous strides in addressing veterans’ homelessness and some localities have in fact declared an end to the veterans’ homelessness issue in their community. 
 
The Administration proposes to instead shift their focus to funding for vouchers for homeless families with children. The FY2017 budget requests $88 million in funding for vouchers for homeless families. Of course this could change as the budget works its way through Congress, but we do expect the funding for VASH vouchers to wind down in the coming years.

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