Congressman David G. Valadao sent a letter to the US Department of Veterans Affairs regarding unused vouchers from the Housing Urban Development-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program.
WASHINGTON – Today, United States Congressman David G. Valadao, joined by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and both California Senators, sent a letter to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs regarding unused vouchers from the Housing Urban Development-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program.
Congressman David G. Valadao (CA-21), who represents portions of Kern County explained, "The HUD-VASH program provides rental assistance, as well as case management and clinical services, to homeless veterans, ensuring our nation's heroes never have to spend a night on the streets." He continued, "However, despite ample housing vouchers, staffing shortages at the Department of Veterans Affairs are preventing vouchers from being distributed to veterans in need of housing."
The letter states, “It is our understanding that the Kern County Housing Authority has been allocated 143 HUD-VASH vouchers. 102 vouchers are currently being used by veterans, and we understand they are being well served by the VA’s social workers and other case managers in the area. However, due to a shortage of VA staff, the remaining 41 vouchers cannot be distributed to homeless and at-risk veterans...With at least 95 known homeless veterans in the county, 39 of whom are living on the street, the VA should drastically increase its efforts to provide the staffing required to ensure that these vouchers are put to use."
The full text of the letter can be found here
Congressman David G. Valadao represents the 21st Congressional District of California, which includes Kings County and portions of Fresno, Tulare, and Kern Counties.
- Housing Authority of the County of Kern, which serves more than 8,000 square miles in California’s Central Valley, has been allocated 143 HUD-VASH vouchers
- However, only 102 vouchers are currently being used by veterans
- The remaining 41 vouchers cannot be distributed to homeless and at-risk veterans due to staffing shortages at the VA staff
- According to the Housing Authority of the County of Kern, there are 39 veterans in Kern County who are currently homeless