The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Veterans Affairs have announced the second round of HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) funding to local public housing agencies this year.

The $7.8 million will provide housing and clinical services for 1,120 currently homeless vets. The latest round follows $60 million in HUD-VASH vouchers announced in May.

Combining rental assistance from HUD and case management and services provided by the VA, the program has provided 58,140 vouchers since 2008, and 43,371 formerly homeless veterans are currently in homes.

The latest grants are part of $75 million appropriated this year to support the housing needs of homeless veterans.

HUD expects to announce more HUD-VASH funding this year.

The department's annual “point in time” estimate of the number of homeless persons and families for 2012 found that veteran homelessness fell by 7.2 percent (or 4,876 people) since January 2011 and by 17.2 percent since January 2009.  On a single night in January 2012, 62,619 veterans were homeless.