Jonelle Glubke, with the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Homeless Programs, said that success is largely due to vouchers from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) program.
While there may be a reduction in veteran homelessness, 30 percent of veterans who have vouchers are unable to find place to live, according to Jeff Horwich, the communications director for the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority.
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That means 98 of the 317 low-income veterans in Minneapolis who receive vouchers are still without housing.
To fix that issue, Horwich said they’re trying to get more landlords to participate.
Minneapolis Public Housing Authority said 30 percent of a veteran’s income goes toward rent and utilities. The Minneapolis VA said other expenses are covered by VASH vouchers. The VA’s Community Resource and Referral Center regularly assesses the needs of the veterans and landlords participating in the program.
"Having a regular check in with our landlords and really having that strong relationship with them is so important," Glubke said.
Horwhich added, "Our experience is that veterans are great tenants and very deserving of the support that they receive because of the service that they’ve given to this country."