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October 14, 2021

HELP USA has been granted 50 Veterans Affair Supportive Housing (VASH) vouchers to expand its Veterans Village in Perry Point, MD, Governor Larry Hogan announced today.

The vouchers, issued by Maryland’s Department of Housing and Community Development, will double the size of the housing development. HELP Veterans Village provides homes for at-risk and formerly homeless veterans in the village area of the Perry Point VA Medical Center (VAMC).

“HELP USA believes in nurturing the whole person. Our supportive housing expansion at HELP Veterans Village will offer residents a new state-of-the-art fitness center and a community center for recreation. We understand that building houses isn’t enough—you have to build a community that supports all aspects of a resident’s life,” said David Cleghorn, HELP USA Chief Housing Officer.

Construction is set to begin in 2022 and will include the rehabilitation of 20 historic houses, and 23 new construction duplex style housing. In total, 76 new units of housing will be made available.

The first phase of HELP Veterans Village opened in 2018 and helped to stimulate economic growth in the Perry Point community by creating and restoring safe, stable, and energy-efficient homes. HELP’s residents enjoy supportive services from the VAMC as well as convenient access to local transportation.

Tenants selected for the project will be referred by the VAMC and will be required to meet the eligibility requirements for the HUD-VASH program. The Perry Point VAMC and the VA Maryland Health Care Systems will identify eligible Veterans and Veteran families to facilitate a streamlined application process with the principles of Housing First.

“Marylanders who have proudly served our nation deserve the very best in care, and, for more than three years, HELP Veterans Village has provided that for our vulnerable veterans,” said Governor Hogan. “These vouchers will ensure further continuation of the Village’s high level of services and its important role in ending veteran homelessness in Maryland.”

These VASH vouchers are made possible through a partnership between the Veterans Affairs (VA) Maryland Health Care System, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, HELP USA, Cecil County, and the Town of Perryville.

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