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The District of Columbia Housing Authority this week received more than $1.2 million from the Department of Housing and Urban Development for its Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) voucher program – an increase of 104 vouchers to serve veterans and their families.

“These VASH vouchers are wonderful tools to help keep those who have served our country from living on the streets,” said DCHA Executive Director Adrianne Todman. “This year’s award demonstrates that the D.C. Housing Authority has been diligently making progress with increasing its service to this community.”

This year’s allocation builds on the 930 VASH vouchers the authority had in place last year, bringing the total to 1,034 veteran families that can be assisted with affordable housing.

“These new vouchers will assist the housing authority to further its work with the city, federal, and private sector partners to provide more affordable housing opportunities for veterans,” said DCHA Board of Commissioners Chairman Terri Thompson. “In addition to the traditional method of using the voucher to supplement rent with a landlord, DCHA has been using these funds creatively to build more affordable housing in the District.”

One example of this creativity is the formed partnership that led to the new John and Jill Ker Conway Residence in the NoMa neighborhood of Washington, D.C. DCHA is providing more than $17 million in housing subsidy through 60 VASH and 17 Local Rent Supplement Program vouchers to support the $33 million, 124-unit mixed-income property that will provide housing and services for formerly homeless veterans at 1005 North Capitol Street, N.E.

DCHA also provided project-based VASH vouchers to keep the 29 apartments in Southeast’s Fendall Heights permanent supportive housing for veterans. The building, run by So Others Might Eat, offers support and programming for veterans and their families. 

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