LAHSA Documents on Important Changes in HUD Veteran Housing Funding

Below are links to two documents in PDF form issued by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority regarding important changes in HUD’s funding for Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH). The first is a three-page letter  dated October 23, 2017, from Peter Lynn, LAHSA’s Executive Director.

The second is a one-page fact sheet on veteran homelessness dated October 2017.

Both documents begin with the following brief summary:

On September 22, 2017, the Acting Under Secretary for Health of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Poonam Alaigh, M.D., sent a memorandum to VA Network Directors, Deputy Under Secretaries and Chiefs of Staff of VA Medical Centers nationwide instructing them to realign 99 line items from Specific Purpose funds to General Purpose funds.

This directive went into effect October 1, 2017, without community input, to align with the beginning of the federal Fiscal Year (FY) 2018. All line items for HUD-VASH Case Management ($266M nationally) have been impacted.

Peter Lynn: Re: Greater Los Angeles Area Brief on VA Central Office Directive with Regards to HUD-VASH Case Management


Fact Sheet for Veteran Homelessness Funding October 2017