Federal Vouchers Secured to Help Idaho's Homeless Vets


Federal officials announced Monday that they were awarding so-called VASH—or Veterans Affairs Supporting Housing—vouchers in order to help homeless veterans find affordable housing.

Idaho agencies were awarded an additional 31 VASH vouchers, bringing the statewide VASH total to 271 veterans and their families. The Boise City Housing Authority was awarded 11 of the VASH vouchers to be used by the Boise VA Medical Center, bringing that authority's VASH total to 176. Grantees in Coeur d'Alene, Lewiston, Pocatello and Twin Falls also received appropriations for vouchers to serve veterans.

Since 2008, more than 69,000 vouchers have been awarded and over 88,000 homeless vets nationwide have been served through the VASH program which provides rental assistance and other support services.

“Our nation has a sacred responsibility to support the brave men and women who served with honor, courage and distinction,” said HUD Secretary Julian Castro at an announcement today in Seattle. “These vouchers will help thousands of veterans start a new chapter in their lives and build for the future.