Mayor Soglin hopes to help issue of veteran homelessness

Mayor Soglin hopes to help issue of veteran homelessness

Madison Mayor Paul Soglin outlined plans Monday to help with the issue of veteran homelessness.

In 2015, the city signed on to the mayor’s Challenge and Zero Initiative, which is a campaign to end the problem of veteran homelessness.

The city uses a housing voucher program called VASH that’s in collaboration with the federal government.

The VASH vouchers put veterans at the front of the line to get housing, but one problem is a shortage of available housing units and landlords that accept the vouchers.

“Anyone, any landlord out there within a 50-mile radius of Madison or anywhere but particularly around Madison that has a vacancy, we’ve got 25 veterans of the U.S. military services who are looking for housing,” Soglin said.

The veterans also have access to high-quality health care and supportive services from the VA.

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