Comprehensive Healthcare will continue to provide housing for veterans under a new U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development-VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) agreement.
The Veterans Initiative Project (VIP) began operating in 2001, and in June, Comprehensive Healthcare was notified that the funding received to operate the Veterans Initiative Project would be ending on September 30, 2020. Since that time, Comprehensive Healthcare has been working with the VA and local stakeholders to locate funds to sustain the home and continue a housing program for veterans.
Under the new program, services provided will continue with some slight changes. Case management services will still be provided on site to assist with daily needs and connections to resources. However, there is no longer a two-year length of stay limit, in fact, there is no longer any limit to how long a resident can remain in the house. Along with no limit on how long they can remain in the house, residents will receive assistance with housing expenses covering 80 to 100 percent of the cost based on their income.
The cost for veterans who must contribute will remain very low. Because the property was donated by the City of Yakima in 2001, expenses remain minimal, and are needed only to cover utilities, maintenance, and case manager salary.
“We are grateful for the partnership with the City of Yakima as they donated the property 20 years ago, and have been supporters of this program since the very beginning,” said Jodi Daly, President and CEO of Comprehensive Healthcare. “We are also grateful for the collaboration and support received from the VA while working with them to ensure this program continued.”
Comprehensive Healthcare can assist veterans with the eligibility and voucher application process for the program as well as coordinate with the VA for needed healthcare services.
For more information about Comprehensive Healthcare’s VIP program, please click here, or call (509) 317-2676.