Special vouchers available for homeless veterans

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By Nicole Galbraith

The Hagerstown Housing Authority is one of 300 public housing authorities receiving special vouchers for homeless veterans, to help place them in a more permanent living situation.

The program comes from the White House and the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) joint initiative to end veteran homelessness by December 2015.

According to the executive director of the Hagerstown Housing Authority (HHA), Joanne Ballengee, veterans can qualify only by a referral from the VA for the VA Supportive Housing Voucher.

Ballengee said it’s a subsidy program, “money is provided by the federal government, it’s like a Section 8 voucher and it helps them to pay their rent” as long as they need it.

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