Housing Program to Help Vets in Spokane

By Tom Bacon

At least 75 homeless veterans in the Spokane area can find housing under a program jointly administered by the Veterans Affairs and the Housing and Urban Development Departments.

Washington State is getting one-and-a-half million dollars for housing vouchers allocated to eight different state housing authorities. One voucher will be good for a year's rent for a homeless vet.

The Spokane allocation is for more than 332-thousand dollars, enough to house 75 homeless veterans.

Washington Senator Patty Murray said she secured the ongoing funding in a Transportation, Housing and URban Development appropriations bill passed by the last Congress.

Under the program, local housing authorities provide rental assistance, while nearly VA medical centers step in with supportive services and case management.

Since 2008, Murray said, the voucher program has provided housing for more than 42-thousand veterans who were formerly on the street.
The only other eastern Washington housing authority to be funded is in Walla Walla with vouchers for 35 veterans.
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