Madison Making Progress In Housing Veterans

But Madison And Other Cities Say There Are Challenges

By Shamane Mills

Madison has reached one goal in reducing veteran homelessness. But it still faces challenges. More than a year ago, city officials and the Madison Veterans Affairs hospital set a goal of finding shelter — either permanent housing or transitional housing, where a vet can stay for up to two years — for 130 veterans by the end of 2016.

They exceeded that goal, finding housing for 193. But more than 50 other vets can’t find apartments, even though they have VASH-HUD vouchers  — federal housing vouchers that provide money for housing and supportive services for jobs and healthcare.

“Part of the problem is our tight housing market,” Madison Mayor Paul Soglin said.

Soglin said the vacancy rate is improving as housing stock expands.

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