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BOXER PRAISES $10.5 MILLION IN HOUSING ASSISTANCE FOR HOMELESS VETERANS IN CALIFORNIA

New Grants Will Help Veterans Access Affordable Housing, Job Training, Education and Other Services

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) today praised U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan’s announcement that the agency has awarded more than $10.5 million in federal grants to provide housing for homeless veterans in California. Grants will be distributed as 1,125 housing assistance vouchers by local housing agencies that have partnered with VA medical centers to benefit veterans all across the state.

“The brave men and women who serve our country deserve the best,” Senator Boxer said. “This critical assistance will help keep homeless veterans across California off the streets while also providing access to services like job training and education.” 

The HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program – a joint initiative of the Departments of Housing and Urban Development and Veterans Affairs – provides housing assistance to help homeless veterans get into private rental housing. Veterans who participate in the program also benefit from VA supportive services, including job training, education and counseling.  The grants announced today were made available through funding included in the Fiscal Year 2011 Omnibus Appropriations bill.

California has the nation’s largest population of homeless veterans – more than 19,000 at any point in time as of 2009. Over the last three years, the state has received 4,555 housing vouchers through the HUD-VASH program.

Senator Boxer has been a longtime advocate for the HUD-VASH program and fought to protect funding for new grants for fiscal year 2011.  In March, she spoke out against severe cuts to the program proposed in the House Republicans’ budget.

The California HUD-VASH grant recipients are:

HUD-VASH Recipient: City of Fresno Housing Authority

Grant Amount: $146,127

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HUD-VASH Recipient: City of Long Beach Housing Authority

Grant Amount: $457,788

 

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HUD-VASH Recipient: City of Los Angeles Housing Authority

Grant Amount: $1,851,912

 

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HUD-VASH Recipient: City of Pittsburg Housing Authority

Grant Amount: $238,881

 

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HUD-VASH Recipient: City of San Buenaventura Housing Authority

Grant Amount: $198,591

 

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HUD-VASH Recipient: City of San Luis Obispo Housing Authority

Grant Amount: $196,200

 

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HUD-VASH Recipient: City of Santa Rosa

Grant Amount: $206,565

 

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HUD-VASH Recipient: City of Monterey Housing Authority

Grant Amount: $190,161

 

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HUD-VASH Recipient: City of Orange Housing Authority

Grant Amount: $927,747

 

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HUD-VASH Recipient: City of Riverside Housing Authority

Grant Amount: $204,507

 

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HUD-VASH Recipient: City of Sacramento Housing Authority

Grant Amount: $176,844

 

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HUD-VASH Recipient: City of San Bernardino Housing Authority

Grant Amount: $168,903

 

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HUD-VASH Recipient: City of San Diego

Grant Amount: $361,104

 

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HUD-VASH Recipient: City of San Mateo Housing Authority

Grant Amount: $1,002,870

 

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HUD-VASH Recipient: City of Santa Barbara Housing Authority

Grant Amount: $478,194

 

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HUD-VASH Recipient: City of Santa Clara Housing Authority

Grant Amount: $1,159,500

 

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HUD-VASH Recipient: Los Angeles County Housing Authority

Grant Amount: $867,996

 

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HUD-VASH Recipient: City of Kern Housing Authority

Grant Amount: $129,879

 

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HUD-VASH Recipient: Humboldt County Housing Authority

Grant Amount: $142,572

 

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HUD-VASH Recipient: Oakland Housing Authority

Grant Amount: $498,696

 

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HUD-VASH Recipient: San Diego Housing Commission

Grant Amount: $639,468

 

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HUD-VASH Recipient: City of Santa Cruz Housing Authority

Grant Amount: $280,395

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