Affordable Housing for Veterans in Hawaii: Programs and Resources

U. S. VETS Barber's Point is a flagship program for veterans in Hawaii, offering temporary, long-term, and permanent on-site housing. Located in Kalaeloa, O'ahu, Barber's Point is home to the VETS, Veterans in Progress program, which helps homeless veterans achieve residential stability, increase their skill and income levels, and become more self-determined through employment.

Additionally, the ADVANCE program is designed to address the unique needs of female veterans. The VA's VISN 21 has 1,112 temporary beds and 1,990 personal vouchers for permanent housing. These vouchers come from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Virginia Department of Affairs' Subsidized Housing Program (HUD-VASH). These provide permanent housing and ongoing treatment services to homeless veterans with mental illness or substance abuse problems. The Homes for Superheroes initiative is a new program that provides exclusive housing opportunities for teachers and their families.

Along with Hawaii police officers and firefighters, teachers and their families can rent military housing, which is usually only available to active duty service members. Through public housing authorities, HUD provides vouchers to help homeless veterans rent privately owned housing. VA case managers can connect these veterans to supportive services such as health care, mental health treatment, and substance use counseling to help them in their recovery process and maintain housing in the community. The HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program combines HUD housing vouchers with VA support services to help homeless veterans and their families find and maintain permanent housing. The maximum stay in this home is up to 24 months with the goal of transitioning veterans to permanent housing.

Nonprofit agencies and community cooperatives use SSVF funds to quickly house homeless veterans and their families and prevent others from becoming homeless, providing limited-time support services that promote housing stability. Dealerships also collaborate with community organizations to connect veterans to employment, housing, and additional social services to promote housing stability. Private nonprofit organizations and consumer cooperatives receive grants from the VA to provide supportive services that promote housing stability to very low-income veterans and their families who live in permanent housing or are transitioning to permanent housing.

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