Donnelly Announces Federal Grant to Help Homeless Hoosier Veterans in Lake County

Senator supported grant application; funds will assist in housing, case management, and clinical services

Indianapolis, Ind. – (RealEstateRama) — U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly announced that the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority has received a $362,700 federal grant to support rental assistance for homeless veterans in Lake County, enough to aid 75 Hoosier veterans. In addition to housing assistance, the grants will be used to connect veterans with health care, mental health services, and case management assistance. Donnelly wrote a letter to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) supporting the application.

Donnelly said, “No one who has served our country in uniform should be forced to live on the street; they deserve better. This federal grant will mean assistance for homeless Hoosier veterans in Lake County, so that they have a roof over their head and access to health care and mental health services.”

Jacob Sipe, Executive Director of the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA), said, “We are pleased by the news that the application we submitted for project-based HUD-VASH vouchers has received funding,” said. “This funding allows us to provide 75 homeless Hoosier veterans in Lake County with rental assistance through the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program. With the HUD-VASH voucher, veterans will receive additional support, including case management and clinical services, provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).”

The grant came from HUD and its Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) program, which provides rental assistance to homeless veterans along with support services. This funding will provide access for homeless veterans in affordable housing units near the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care center in Lake County reducing the barriers these veterans currently face in trying to access care

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