The G.I. Go Fund
Where Veterans Go Forward
It asks U.S. mayors to commit to the Mayors Challenge and use available resources such as HUD-
VASH housing vouchers; and work with local Continuums of Care, non-profits, and advocates to find
permanent housing for these veterans in need.
The day-long session featured remarks from GI Go Fund Executive Director Jack Fanous, whose
organization has been making progress with HUD and the VA for years to bring an end to veteran
“I am so proud of everyone here today,” said Fanous. “We are all here because we are committed to
getting the veterans who fought to defend our streets are not living on them. We all have worked
together to get homeless veterans into housing, and I know that we all are dedicated to continuing
this effort. We have had some great success stories of veterans finding housing, and I know that we
will have many more soon to come.”
One of the highlights of the event were the testimonies of two previously homeless veterans that
were able to access HUD-VASH housing vouchers, that come with supportive services such as
counseling and medicals services. Homeless veterans that qualify apply at the Lyons Campus of the
VA Medical Center.
Between the 2010 rollout of Opening Doors – the first-ever federal strategic plan to prevent and end
homelessness – and the January 2014 point-in-time homeless count, homelessness among veterans
nationwide has been slashed by 33 percent.
Since 2008, more than 79,000 HUD-VASH vouchers have been awarded nationwide; over 1000 in
New Jersey. Approximately 90,000 homeless veterans in the U.S. have been served through the
HUD-VASH program. Rental assistance and supportive services provided through HUD-VASH are a
critical resource for local communities in ending homelessness among our nation's Veterans.
In the HUD-VASH program, VA Medical Centers (VAMCs) assess veterans experiencing
homelessness before referring them to local housing agencies for these vouchers. Decisions are
based on a variety of factors, most importantly the duration of homelessness and the need for longer
term, more intensive support in obtaining and maintaining permanent housing. The HUD-VASH
program includes both the rental assistance the voucher provides and the comprehensive case
management that VAMC staff offers.
Veterans participating in the HUD-VASH program rent privately owned housing and generally
contribute no more than 30 percent of their income toward rent. VA offers eligible homeless veterans
clinical and supportive services through its medical centers across the U.S., Guam, Puerto Rico and
the Virgin Islands.
GI Go Director Jack Fanous Joins HUD, VA, NJ Mayors, and Non-Profits
Advocates In Comprehensive Meeting To End Veteran Homelessness In New Jersey
(LYONS, NJ)—The U.S.
Department of Housing and Urban
Development (HUD) New Jersey
Field Office hosted a day of
informational panels geared
towards highlighting resources
available to the New Jersey
mayors and elected officials that
committed to the Mayors
Challenge to End Veteran
Homelessness . The event took
place at the Lyons NJ VA Medical
Center on August 18.
The Mayors Challenge to End
Veterans Homelessness is a White
House initiative that aims to
eliminate homelessness in the
country by the end of this year.
© 2014 - The G.I. Go Fund is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
The day-long session highlighted resources and best practices to assist in reaching the goal of
ending veteran homelessness in 2015; HUD, VA officials, New Jersey mayors, advocates and
non-profits work to end veteran homelessness in 2015.
|Participants in the Mayors Challenge convening day-long event gather for a group
photo. HUD, VA officials, New Jersey mayors, advocates and non-profits work to
end veteran homelessness in 2015.