The Department of Housing and Urban Development is rewarding 42 housing authorities nationwide, including one in Fresno, extra money to help end veteran homelessness.
HUD is giving public housing agencies more than $5 million total. The Fresno Housing Authority will receive $57,888. The funds will allow the authorities to continue providing housing and supportive services faster to veterans through a joint program with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, HUD said.
“We reward those who are out there doing the heavy lifting to find real and lasting housing solutions for veterans who might otherwise be living on our streets,” said Lourdes Castro-Ramirez, HUD’s principal deputy assistant secretary for public and Indian housing.
The recipients already have aggressive efforts underway to help veterans, HUD said. The agencies are launching marketing campaigns and hosting landlord fairs to recruit property owners to participate in the program. The authorities are also hiring temporary staff to provide additional housing search assistance, speed up the documentation process, inspect units, issue vouchers, and execute leases.