Seventy-five homeless vets to get housing in Nashville

Thursday, June 3, 2010 at 11:02am
Staff reports

Seventy-five homeless veterans in Nashville will receive permanent housing assistance through a grant announced by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on Thursday.

The Metro Development and Housing Agency will receive $374,202 to implement the housing program, with the state of Tennessee taking in a total of $842,998. In all, $75 million is to be distributed across the nation to support the needs of homeless veterans.

“Though they served and sacrificed so much for our country, too many of our veterans find themselves on the streets and in homeless shelters,” HUD secretary Shaun Donovan said. “Thankfully, these vouchers will provide a more permanent solution to housing and services these veterans need.”

The program, known as the Housing Choice Voucher Program, distributes funds to local housing agencies nationwide in form of vouchers, which are specifically targeted to homeless veterans and based on a variety of factors, including the number of reported homeless veterans and the proximity of a local VA medical centers with the capacity to provide case management.

A second round of vouchers is expected next month. This is the third year of the Housing Choice Voucher program.

14 Comments on this post:

By: govskeptic on 6/4/10 at 6:59

Just another program that will be ongoing in cost with no
hope to cure "the problem". More sensible would be a better
VA loan program for these veterans for permenent housing vs
vouchers. This just continues the lifestyle vs building any
responsibility for this particular group.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 6/4/10 at 7:35

what sort of permanent housing?

By: Marymeet on 6/4/10 at 10:07

The program will end, they always do.

What "lifestyle" are you referring to govskeptic? Have you worked with homeless vets who have the lifestyle you're referring to? If not, please volunteer at the Veteran's hospital, or somewhere like Park Center, you might get a surprise.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 6/4/10 at 10:26

i'm happy that 75 homeless vets will now have a roof over their head. apparently gov can gripe but doesn't have any solutions to offer.

By: MamaG on 6/4/10 at 10:44

blanket, where is the play ground today? LOL

By: gruntz on 6/4/10 at 10:57

$415.78 per month per veteran. This would pay about half the rent of a normal apartment I think. Maybe you could put two veterans in each apartment? Hmmm. I wonder what else could be done with $374,000? Maybe it could be spent to straighten them out in a substance abuse program? Then instead of just having drunks with roofs over their heads they might be able to contibute in a meaningful way to the future of the community. Ya, ya they served our country, I know, I know!
But they volunteered, mostly, and they were paid with cash and benefits. I repeat, they were paid! No one ever promised that the country would have to take care of the unwounded ones for the rest of their lives.

By: MamaG on 6/4/10 at 11:11

Gruntz, I sort of see your point in that the money will not go very far per month. However, so what if they volunteered? At least they had the guts to do so and I say, if we can afford to pay some of these politician's for the rest of their lives, including benefits, why not pay for someone who risked their lives defending ours? I would rather pay for a veteran's home than to build Mayor Dean's Monumental Pyramid.

By: MamaG on 6/4/10 at 11:12

By: Marymeet on 6/4/10 at 11:07
The program will end, they always do.

What a positive attitude!

By: Blanketnazi2 on 6/4/10 at 11:38

hi, MamaG! i needed a break from the playground anyway - lol!

gruntz, you're assuming all of the have substance issues and that's just not true. some of them do but not all of them. $415.78 is enough for a 1 BR in some neighborhoods or for a weekly motel. it's better than being on the street.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 6/4/10 at 11:38

$415 is enough for section 8.

By: MamaG on 6/4/10 at 12:02

I was ready to play today, blanket! I've been covered up all week and haven't been able to get here much.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 6/4/10 at 12:20

i've missed you!

By: MamaG on 6/4/10 at 1:27

Aw, thanks! I missed you too...I did try and read some of the posts but by the time I could reply to anything, I would get interrupted and not be able to get involved in the discussions.

Did you read the article about Burger Up? Sounded pretty good to me! In fact, I had to go out for a burger for lunch just thinking about it! Unfortunately, it wasn't one from there but, it was still good! Take care and I hope you have a great weekend! Think I'm going to duck out in about 30 mins. Maybe Darge will have another LTE for us by Monday. (Or Dooley, or Loner, or anyone!)

By: Blanketnazi2 on 6/4/10 at 2:03

have a good one, MamaG! btw, i hear Burger Up is good. i haven't been there but a friend of mine has.