The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) disbursed $20 million in December from the American Rescue Plan to VA Medical Centers (VAMCs) for Veterans experiencing homelessness or those enrolled in HUD-VASH (Department of Housing and Urban Development-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing).
Through a time-limited congressional authority , VAMCs can use these funds for safety and survival and to support stability and health for transportation and communications equipment and services.
VAMCs have used the funds for groceries, meals, apartment start-up kits, furniture, merchandise vouchers, and laundry vouchers , and to create a nationally coordinated rideshare program to help Veterans who need transportation assistance to meet health, housing, legal, and employment needs.
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