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Partnership Created to Help Homeless Veterans
Home Forward, the City of Portland, Multnomah County, and the United Way have each contributed $10,000 toward a fund that will make it easier for homeless veterans to find an apartment with a VASH rent assistance voucher. The national VASH (Veterans Administration Supportive Housing) program pairs supportive services from the Veterans Administration with rent assistance from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The rent assistance is administered by local housing authorities near VA medical centers.
Home Forward administers 305 VASH vouchers in partnership with the local Veterans Administration, which refers homeless veterans for the rent assistance. The new fund is part of a larger community effort to ensure that veterans are able to find a home as quickly as possible with these vouchers. The flexible funding is intended for expenses, such as move-in costs, that can't be covered by the rent assistance.
In addition, Home Forward is providing a one-time $100 payment to landlords for each apartment they rent to a veteran in the program. If the apartment is in a low-poverty area within Multnomah County, the landlord will receive a second $100 incentive.
Click here to learn more about the benefits for landlords.