South Jersey homeowners wanted for homeless veterans scheme | Local News

WILMINGTON, Del. – The Wilmington branch of the Department of Veterans Affairs is calling on landlords to rent properties to homeless veterans as the country continues to battle rising inflation and rising housing costs.

“We need the help of housing providers and landlords in Delaware and southern NJ to help veterans who are experiencing the hardships of this housing crisis,” said Cecilia Gonzalez, supervisor of programs for the homeless. Wilmington VA shelter, in a statement Friday. “Together, we can help our hero country find an affordable and safe place to call home.”

On Friday, the VA reminded homeowners of its Housing and Urban Development Program – Veterans Administration Supportive Housing Program. The program provides rental subsidies and homeowner support for approximately 288 veterans and their families throughout Delaware and South Jersey.

The US Department of Housing and HUD-VASH estimate that more than 40,000 veterans are homeless each night. Over the course of a year, about twice as many people are homeless.

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Rent prices have risen 15.3% nationwide, making housing for homeless veterans more difficult, the VA said.

The department says it has committed to housing 38,000 homeless veterans in 2022.

Wilmington VA Director Vince Kane said housing homeless veterans is imperative to ensure they are able to care for themselves, especially to seek health care.

South Jersey property owners interested in renting their properties to local veterans can call Angie Ohagan, HUD-VASH Case Manager, at 302-463-9671.

“I believe working with homeowners in Delaware and southern New Jersey will have a substantial impact on the number of veterans who identify as homeless in our communities and simultaneously improve their health care,” Kane said. . “We must continue to advocate and connect veterans to the VA so that we can help navigate the process of finding safe housing while we provide essential health care to help maintain housing.

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