Hard to get housing for homeless vets

Stereotyping and stigmas can make it a difficult task


In my introductory column, Mikey Simpson—a 57-year-old Camarillo veteran who’s been homeless for three years—told me he preferred to live outdoors because of his background as an Army infantryman.

But while I drove him to appointments at various VA medical centers, Simpson made it clear to me he wanted to receive a HUD-VASH voucher (HUD: Housing and Urban Development, VASH: Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing). VASH vouchers would pay 70 percent of his rent and provide a case manager to ...

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