NH Housing receives additional vouchers for veterans

BEDFORD – The state recently received a boost in addressing homelessness among veterans when the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced that the New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority will receive an additional 25 housing choice vouchers to use as part of the Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing program.

VASH combines rental assistance for homeless veterans with clinical care and support services through the Department of Veterans Affairs. These vouchers will provide critical long-term sources of rental assistance so homeless veterans can regain stability and self-sufficiency.

Robert Iverson Jr., a local veteran, has felt the impact of the program firsthand. After suffering an injury on the job in 2008, he was unable to work and became homeless. After spending months with nowhere to go, he was connected with the VASH program in 2009. He now has a place to call home. “The impact is huge,” Iverson said. “The VA and the housing team are behind you.”

“Our state has seen an increase in rental costs over the past few years, and resources like rental assistance are becoming more critical, especially for homeless veterans,” said Dean Christon, executive director of New Hampshire Housing. “These additional VASH vouchers from HUD will provide homeless veterans with the housing they need to be able to rebuild their lives.”

Homeless veterans can call 1-877-424-3838 to speak to a VA responder, connect with the nearest VA facility or find out more about VASH. You do not need to be registered or enrolled in VA health care to use the service.

For more information about services for homeless veterans through the VA, visit www.manchester.va.gov. For more information about the New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority, visit www.nhhfa.org or www.gonewhampshirehousing.com.