Mayor Megan Barry used Veterans Day as an opportunity to focus on veteran homelessness, calling on Nashville landlords to accept Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) vouchers. The vouchers help subsidize rent for veterans and pay for moving assistance.
In a press release, Barry said, “There are many veterans who are struggling to find housing, despite generous assistance from the VA. I’m asking for those in the apartment and housing industry to step up this Veterans Day and answer the call – just as these veterans answered the call for their country.”
Landlords interested in accepting housing vouchers may contact Shukiesha Thompson at Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency (MDHA) at 615-252-6505.
According to the mayor's office, Barry walked in the city’s Veterans Day Parade Nov. 11 with two recently housed veterans who used VASH vouchers to secure the housing at Patriot Place, a project developed by Buffalo Valley with funds provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development through the MDHA.
According to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, there are nearly 40,000 veterans in America who are homeless, and another 1.4 million veterans are considered at risk of homelessness.
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