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    Roseburg VA HUD-VASH Team Named Regional 2020 Program of the Year

    Roseburg VA HUD-VASH Team Named Regional 2020 Program of the Year

    Photo By T. T. Parish | The Roseburg VA Health Care System’s Crescent City, California Department of Housing...... read more read more

    CRESCENT CITY, CA, US, OR, UNITED STATES

    02.27.2020

    Story by T. T. Parish 

    Roseburg VA Health Care System

    The Roseburg VA Health Care System’s Crescent City, California, Department of Housing and Urban Development-VA Supportive Housing Program (HUD-VASH) has been named the 2020 Program of the Year for its region.

    “We would not be able to do what we do without the help of the HUD office – they are the gateway to Veterans being housed and a key resource in finding housing for our Veterans,” said Katie Shinn, a HUD-VASH case manager in Crescent City. “They provide a tremendous amount of support to this team and the Veterans. Their timely response to scheduling orientations for vouchers and housing inspections allows us to expedite the Veteran into new housing and reduces the amount of time a Veteran spends on the street.”

    The RVAHCS HUD-VASH team works with local organizations, including the Crescent City Housing Authority (CCHA) in Del Norte County, California, to assist homeless Veterans find housing. The Crescent City city council is slated to recognize the achievement during a meeting next week.

    The HUD-VASH team in Del Norte County is an important resource, not just for the county or residents of the county, but it is also a life-changing support system for at-risk Veterans, said Shinn. The team offers hope when many might feel hopeless.

    “It is one of the best feelings, knowing that you helped another Veteran get off the streets and find an opportunity to get their life back, it’s an amazing feeling,” said Shinn, herself an Air Force Veteran. “Once Veterans adjust to being housed, they often begin to thrive and address issues with mental health and substance abuse. Having a stable environment allows them to address the issues that often led to their homelessness. Many of our Veterans go on to gain employment, gain sobriety and volunteer to help other Veterans in their community.”

    The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Region IX (HUD), based in San Francisco, notified the Crescent City team in mid-January before sending official recognition earlier this month.

    According to the VA’s HUD-VASH website, “HUD-VASH is a collaborative program between HUD and VA combines HUD housing vouchers with VA supportive services to help Veterans who are homeless, and their families find and sustain permanent housing.”

    “HUD-VASH is a critical resource for eradicating Veteran homelessness throughout all communities in America,” said Megan Miller, executive director of the Crescent City Housing Authority. “It feels very rewarding to be able to give something back to people who have given so much for me.”

    The recognition follows news in January that CCHA had received an additional $52,512 grant to help house up to an additional six Veterans. The Del Norte County HUD-VASH team currently supports 28 Veterans with housing vouchers.

    To find out more about available resources for homeless Veterans, visit https://www.va.gov/homeless/hud-vash.asp. Veterans may call the national call center for homeless veterans at 877-424-3838 to connect with the HUD/VASH team in their county. Referrals can be made through the VA primary are physician and other VA providers, County Veterans Service Officers, or by calling the local HUD/VASH team directly.

    Point of contact for this release is Tim Parish, Public Affairs Officer, Roseburg VA Health Care System; timothy.parish@va.gov; 541-440-3026.

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    Date Taken: 02.27.2020
    Date Posted: 02.27.2020 14:18
    Story ID: 364052
    Location: CRESCENT CITY, CA, US, OR, US
    Hometown: BROOKINGS, OR, US
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    Hometown: EUGENE, OR, US
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