Tempe looking to expand housing options for homeless veterans

Jul 17, 2018, 4:04 AM | Updated: 10:51 am
(AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)...
(AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)
(AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

PHOENIX — A Phoenix-area city is looking for landlords to partner with to expand housing options for homeless veterans, it was announced Monday.

Tempe launched a pilot program this month that will give eligible low-income veterans a rental voucher for Section 8 housing, case management and support services.

As part of the program, the city’s housing services division would place 10 veterans in subsidized housing in an effort to help them lead independent lives.

The pilot program is part of a larger federal program called HUD-VA Supportive Housing, which is credited with helping tens of thousands of vets find housing nationwide.

It brings together local public housing authorities and two federal agencies: The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

“The City of Tempe is continually looking for opportunities to broaden the housing assistance available and needed by the community,” LeVon Lamy, housing and revitalization manager for the city’s housing services division said in a statement.

“By taking part in the HUD-VASH program, we are not only expanding our housing efforts but also serving a vital population — military veterans — who have served our country.”

Landlords who choose to participate in the program would have benefits that include competitive rental rates, setting their own security deposit amounts, having third-party inspections and having tenants take part in ongoing case management.

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Tempe looking to expand housing options for homeless veterans