VA Pittsburgh and the Jewish War Veterans and Auxiliary have a long-standing and fruitful partnership to improve Veterans' lives.
Esteemed members of the Jewish War Veterans Auxiliary (JWVA) recently toured VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System's Heinz campus. During their visit, the JWVA further corroborated the shared mission of serving area Veterans by generously contributing funds earmarked for HUD-VASH Welcome Baskets.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development and VA Supportive Housing program (HUD-VASH) combines voucher rental assistance for homeless Veterans who also receive case management and clinical services from VAPHS's Health Care for Homeless Veterans program.
Eligible homeless Veterans receive supportive services to promote stability and recovery from physical and mental health issues, substance use, and other problems stemming from homelessness.
HUD provides "Housing Choice" Section 8 vouchers to assist with rent payment. VAPHS has received 180 vouchers since 2008 to distribute to Veterans. Once a Veteran receives a voucher, it is theirs for life.
When a Veteran receives a voucher and is ready to enter into independent living, they are given a Welcome Basket. The baskets are filled with household supplies such as cleaning products, dish towels, dishwashing liquid, canned goods, and more. Especially when a Veteran has children or other family members living with them, or if they have a low income, these baskets are very important for kicking off their new life right.
VAPHS hopes to receive 50 more vouchers this year.
For more information about VAPHS's HUD-VASH program, please contact Maria Marsico at 412-822-1273. To donate funds or goods for Welcome Baskets, contact Maria Gibb at 412-822-3084.