Housing Vouchers, A Success for Veterans

by | Nov 17, 2016

In this recent post from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Ehren Dohler writes that veteran homelessness has dropped by almost half since 2010. Since 2008, policymakers have funded tens of thousands of new Housing Choice vouchers for homeless veterans.

These particular vouchers are funded through the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program, which pairs housing vouchers with a variety of supportive services, including healthcare and mental health programs. He writes that the HUD funding bill from the Senate allocates an additional 8,000 vouchers to the program. This targeted approach has had a significant impact on reducing the homelessness rate among veterans, and will hopefully continue to do so.

While the housing inventory nationwide remains tight, Housing Choice vouchers–like these that help veterans and others that target families with children, to name a few–help struggling households access housing at market rate despite their incomes. Solving homelessness requires a variety of policies that must be designed to increase the housing supply, increase incomes, and maybe more importantly, advance inclusive zoning to avoid pockets of poverty that have long been the hallmark of affordable housing.