Nearly $120 million will help California’s homeless or at-risk veterans and their families attain stable, safe, service-enriched housing through the Veterans Housing and Homelessness Prevention (VHHP) program.
The VHHP program is critically needed throughout California; on any given night, as many as 11,000 veterans are at risk of housing instability and homelessness, and a growing share of this population is female or families with children.
The service-rich communities to be developed through VHHP funding will address many of the challenges homeless veterans are facing today and help guide them toward independent living.
“The housing provided to veterans and their families through the VHHP program is more than a roof and four walls,” said Housing and Community Development Director, Ben Metcalf. “Residents also receive quality supportive services such as case management, substance abuse services, health clinics, benefits advocacy, and family and childcare services.”
The latest awards will build or rehabilitate 28 developments across a large swatch of California and will help veterans as far north as Shasta City and as far south as Escondido with wide-ranging coverage across the Bay Area, Los Angeles County, Orange County, the Inland Empire, and San Diego.
The VHHP program was developed by three collaborating state entities: the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), the California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet), and the California Housing Finance Agency (CalHFA).
In 2013, the State Legislature authorized approximately $600 million (AB 639, Perez), in general obligation bonds to construct, or acquire, and rehabilitate, multifamily permanent, transitional and supportive housing for low-income veterans and their families experiencing homelessness and housing instability. California voters approved the program when they passed Proposition 41 on the June, 2014 ballot.