The District of Columbia Housing Authority celebrated veterans around the region and announced the awarding of 87 additional VASH, or Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing vouchers from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development at its ninth annual Veterans Appreciation Event.
The event, held virtually this year, featured guest speakers and honored DCHA’s over 1,000 VASH recipients and veteran community.
“We celebrate the brave men and women in our community and countless others, who fought so that we all can cherish the liberties, freedoms, and opportunities this country affords us. As an agency, we strive to safely house all of our customers, including our veterans and their families. But we know that isn’t where our help should stop—especially not for those who bravely protected our nation. We can do a little more,” said DCHA Executive Director Tyrone Garrett. “With these additional VASH vouchers we can bring safe, affordable housing to our veterans and their families, and make sure they receive the services they need to have successful futures.”
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development – Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) voucher program is administered in partnership with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and enable homeless veterans and their families to access affordable housing with a range of supportive services. Veterans participating in the HUD-VASH program receive case management and clinical services provided by the VA at its medical centers (VAMC) or other VA designated entities. DCHA partners with the Washington, D.C. VAMC, who refers applicants to DCHA for HUD-VASH eligibility.
The Veterans Appreciation Event featured guest speaker General William E. Ward, a retired U.S. Army general officer and former President and COO of SENTEL Corporation of Alexandria, Virginia. A native of Baltimore, Ward was commissioned as a Distinguished Military Graduate into the Regular Army in June 1971 through the ROTC program at Morgan State University. He is a distinguished leader having commanded at every echelon from Lieutenant to General. General Ward has been assigned numerous command and staff assignments along with a host of military awards and badges.
In addition, guests heard from the Mayor’s Office of Veterans Affairs Executive Director Eliott Tommingo, a Major in the United States Marine Corps Reserves, and Kevin Morton, Homeless Coordinator for the Washington, D.C. VAMC.