July 10, 2020

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Programs for homeless veterans in Southern Maryland will get a boost this year. Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-5) has announced $84,280 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to provide housing for homeless veterans in the three Southern Maryland counties. The funding comes through the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) Program. This program combines rental assistance from HUD with case management and clinical services provided by VA.

The Calvert County Housing Authority will receive the funding, which will be used to support the housing needs of homeless vets in the region.

“It’s our responsibility to do what we can to help our veterans get back on their feet, into safe, stable housing, and into the civilian workforce,” Congressman Hoyer said. “I’m proud to participate in HUD’s annual Point-in-Time survey each year which provides federal agencies with information about the homeless population in our communities. The survey’s results can lead to funding from programs like HUD-VASH. I want to thank the community stakeholders, volunteers, and the Southern Maryland Housing Authorities on their extraordinary work to promote greater access to affordable housing for veterans in Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s counties.”

In the HUD-VASH program, VA Medical Centers (VAMCs) assess veterans experiencing homelessness before referring them to local housing agencies for these vouchers. This is the first round of HUD-VASH grants awarded to Southern Maryland from Fiscal Year 2015 appropriations. In December 2014, Congressman Hoyer announced nearly $200,000 in federal funding to provide housing for homeless veterans in Southern Maryland.

Three Oaks Center in St. Mary’s County is pivotal in Southern Maryland programming for homeless vets. To help supplement their efforts, the nonprofit’s annual Jack Gelrud Memorial Golf Tournament is seeking sponsors now.

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