HUD and VA expand assistance to homeless vets

FAIRBANKS, AK -- The Departments of Housing and Urban Development and Veterans Affairs are now expanding their assistance to homeless United States military veterans.

The agencies are providing more than 600 HUD rental assistance vouchers and Veterans Affairs case management services to those living in the Northwest.

These rewards now belong to the nearly 2,300 Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing Program, which began in 2008.

Nearly 3.8 million dollars in the 2012 appropriations bill have been allocated to help fund the additional vouchers.

States benefited by the assistance include Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington state.

The rewards have already begun to be sent to housing authorities serving those states.