(Washington, DC) – Today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) announced $207,175 in federal grants to provide rental assistance for homeless veterans in Manchester and Bedford from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). These grants include $78,704 to the Manchester Housing & Redevelopment Authority for Manchester and $128,471 to the New Hampshire Housing Finance Agency for Bedford, and will provide homeless veterans with vouchers to access affordable housing as well as housing support from the Department of Veterans Affairs.
“All veterans should have the resources they need to live healthy, safe and successful lives when they come home, and that includes secure housing,” said Shaheen. “This grant will provide assistance to veterans throughout Manchester and Bedford, empowering them with the tools they need to find affordable housing or housing assistance. For their service and sacrifice, our veterans deserve comprehensive support here at home. I’ll continue to work across the aisle to ensure increased federal funding to combat veteran homelessness remains a congressional priority.”
“Veterans who have bravely sacrificed to defend our freedoms and protect their fellow Americans deserve access to safe and stable housing,” said Hassan. “This federal funding is critical to those efforts, expanding access to affordable housing for New Hampshire veterans and providing a variety of supportive services to help them live healthy, productive lives.”
“We made a promise to those who have served and sacrificed for our nation, and we must honor that promise by making sure that all veterans have access to stable housing,” said Shea-Porter. “Stable housing is essential for preventing veteran suicide and for helping veterans find stable employment. I am pleased to announce this critical funding, which will help our state provide housing and supportive services to veterans to help combat veteran homelessness.”
The HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) program helps reduce veteran homelessness by providing case management, permanent housing and supportive services that promote recovery and housing stability. Senator Shaheen has championed efforts in Congress to reduce veteran homelessness, securing $380 million in fiscal year 2019 funding legislation for veteran and families supportive services to improve residential stability and increase skills and income potential among veterans. Shaheen also introduced the Veterans Legal Support Act with Senators Klobuchar (D-MN) and Murphy (D-CT) to reduce the disability claims backlog and veteran homelessness through veterans legal clinics.