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Maryland Gets Rental Assistance for Homeless Veterans

At a time when homelessness is on the rise in the United States, due to the current housing crisis, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced last week that nearly 8,000 homeless veterans nationwide will get permanent housing assistance through a program that connects local housing agencies and Veterans Affairs Medical Centers. 

Flag-MDMaryland’s share of the $58.6 million program known as the Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing Program (HUD-VASH) is $1,388,997.  It’s been awarded only to the Democratic strongholds of Baltimore City, Montgomery County and Prince George’s County, Maryland. 

One can only assume that the Eastern Shore, Western Maryland, Southern Maryland and Anne Arundel County either (1) take care of their own homeless and don’t need Federal Assistance or (2) don’t have a serious problem with homelessness.  Surely these veterans assistance funds wouldn’t be allotted based on political considerations, would they?

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While I applaud the use of Federal tax dollars for this worthwhile cause, I can’t help wondering if the higher taxes making this and so many other federal expenditures possible might help to make even more veterans and their families homeless – especially in the current housing market where 3 out of 4 homes in some nearby neighborhoods are either short sales or bank-owned properties.  

 

If you know a homeless veteran, in Maryland or anywhere – regardless whether you or they are Democrat, Republican or Independent – please check out the HUD website for more information and help them get in touch with the appropriate agency in their state to find out if they qualify for this or any other housing assistance program.  For resources specific to Maryland, please visit the Maryland Department of Human Resources, where you will find a link to each county office.

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