I was recently made aware of the HUD-VASH (Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing) program, which combines Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) rental assistance for homeless Veterans with case management and clinical services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

During any given night around 2000 Veterans in San Diego sleep in temporary shelters or unsheltered conditions. About 3,700 Veterans in San Diego will find themselves without a home at least one night in any 12-month period.

As a real estate professional, investment property owner, landlord and Veteran I have worked with and am in strong support of this program. I am currently donating my time to the Veteran’s community by educating landlords who may not have experience with this program. My goal is to connect landlords with the appropriate people at the Department of Veterans Affairs if they wish to participate.  This is not normal section 8. A large portion of the rent is directly deposited into your bank account each month; the difference is paid by the Vet. Each Veteran is assigned a social worker before they apply for the housing voucher and the social worker maintains a relationship with and visits the Vet until they no longer need housing assistance.

No matter what you think of our nation’s military campaigns, it’s undeniable that these people once served our country.

I do not work for the Department of Veterans Affairs and receive no compensation for doing this. I’m simply putting out the word as a favor to my fellow Veterans.

If you are currently have a property for rent, are a landlord, investment property owner or are a property manager please contact me to be put in direct contact with one of the social workers. If you would like me to explain my experience with program further or have additional questions please feel free to contact me at your convenience.

If you don’t currently have a property for rent, are a landlord, investment property owner or property manager please don’t just give a buck or two to the homeless vet standing on the corner. Instead, provide that Vet with a meal and normal conversation. These simple gifts help restore that person’s sense of self-worth, an important factor in motivating them to change their lives.

Sincerely,

J.R. Thrasher