Comparing tenant and neighborhood characteristics of the VA’s project-vs. Tenant-based supportive housing program in Los Angeles county

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Abstract

  • © Meharry Medical College. The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)-Veteran Administration Supportive Housing (VASH) program uses project-and tenant-based vouchers to provide permanent supportive housing for homeless Veterans. We compared Veteran characteristics, health service utilization, and neighborhood characteristics between HUD-VASH participants with project-based (n=114) vs. tenant-based (n=978) vouchers. We found that project-based voucher holders were older and more ill than tenant-based voucher holders. Project-based vouchers were also associated with higher-quality neighborhoods and higher rates of health service utilization than tenant-based vouchers. With the limited availability of project-based vouchers, juxtaposed with the increased service use and better neighborhood quality with this voucher type, our findings suggest a need to think strategically about how best to allocate housing vouchers to meet homeless Veteran’s needs.
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  • Chinchilla M; Gabrielian S; Horan WP; Glasmeier A; Hellemann G; Wynn JK; Newton PC; Green MF
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  • 1373
  • End Page

  • 1393
  • Volume

  • 30
  • Issue

  • 4