Posted May 25, 2012 at 11:18 am by Maura Collins
President Obama recently announced new housing relief for servicemembers and veterans, including those wrongfully foreclosed upon or denied a lower interest rate on their mortgages. Under an agreement with the federal government, several major mortgage servicers pledge to review servicemember foreclosures since 2006 and compensate any who were wrongly foreclosed upon as well as several other steps designed to provide financial relief in certain circumstances.
The same announcement stated, “FHA will cut its fees for refinancing loans already insured by the FHA. An estimated 2-3 million borrowers could be eligible for this savings, providing the typical FHA borrower with the opportunity to save about a thousand dollars a year through refinancing than they could have under today’s fee structure.”
More details on these programs is available online.
Posted May 22, 2012 at 2:13 pm by Leslie Black-Plumeau
The U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) will hold a webinar tomorrow at 3 pm on developing approaches that bring together the resources available to veterans in need of housing and life improvements.
Veteran homelessness declined by 12% between 2010 and 2011. In order to continue this momentum and achieve the goal of ending Veterans homelessness by 2015, USICH is charging communities with developing a Veteran-centric approach that uses the comprehensive array of resources available.
Read more and register for the webinar
Posted Apr 2, 2012 at 10:43 am by Leslie Black-Plumeau
HUD announced last week that it will provide $153,036 to Vermont State Housing Authority to supply permanent housing and case management for more than 25 homeless veterans in Vermont. The assistance will be provided through HUD’s Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing Program (HUD-VASH), a program administered by HUD, VA, and local housing agencies to provide permanent housing with case management and other supportive services for homeless veterans across the country.
This award will supplement the 95 HUD-VASH vouchers already administered by the Vermont State Housing Authority in Vermont.
Posted Nov 11, 2011 at 9:44 am by Leslie Black-Plumeau
The Vermont Coalition to End Homelessness has assembled the following list of resources for Vermont’s veterans.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs programs for homeless veterans include the Health Care for Homeless Veterans Program (HCHV), the Domiciliary Care for Homeless Veterans Program (DCHV), Inpatient & Outpatient Health Care, Readjustment Counseling Centers, and Outreach Benefits and Entitlements. The following web sites contain more information about these programs:
In addition, the Vermont State Housing Authority and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs collaborate to provide Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) vouchers to 80 homeless veterans and their families throughout the State of Vermont. Contact the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for more info at: 1-866-687-8387.
Posted Nov 11, 2011 at 9:10 am by Leslie Black-Plumeau
A program of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD/VASH) helps homeless veterans, such as Joseph Tomasello, find affordable housing. Today’s New York Times describes how Mr. Tomasello’s life took an unexpected downturn after his service in the air force, how he found himself homeless, and about his scramble for jobs and space in New York area homeless shelters.
After experiencing the worst times of his life, he began to rebuild, the article continues. Through the HUD/VASH program, he was placed in a one-bedroom apartment in a building for low-income residents. His portion of the monthly rent is $152. With a place to live, unemployment benefits, food stamps, and help from local service providers, Mr. Tomasello is applying for jobs and hopeful about the future.
Read the full New York Times article.
Read more about the VASH program and other resources for Vermont veterans.