Press Release: Local Housing Efforts Earn National Recognition from VA
Greenville, SC – Ivory Mathews, Executive Director of The Greenville Housing Authority (TGHA) was one of twelve nationwide who were recently recognized by the Veterans Administration with the Secretary’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Service for Homeless Veterans. Ms. Mathews was a top achiever in the Community Organization category.
“VA’s strong community efforts on Veteran homelessness are being supported by the hard work, innovation and dedication of thousands of VA employees and civilian partners,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs David J. Shulkin. “Helping Veterans get housing is vital for them, but it also demonstrates clearly to the nation our enduring commitment to those who have served so well.”
Ms. Mathews leads the housing authority’s initiative to eliminate veteran homelessness through promotion of the Housing and Urban Development Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program. Ms. Mathews utilizes traditional methods of marketing (brochures, flyers, and cards) to promote the program, as well as social media marketing (Facebook campaigns) to reach the veteran population in the Greenville area.
The HUD-VASH program provides rental housing assistance vouchers specifically targeted towards homeless veterans. The Greenville Housing Authority works closely with the US Department of Veterans Affairs to facilitate the program. In addition to the rental assistance provided through the voucher program, the Veterans Affairs case management team provides supportive services to HUD-VASH voucher holders.
The Greenville Housing Authority received 135 HUD-VASH vouchers to serve homeless veteran households. All HUD-VASH referrals are received through the US Department of Veterans Affairs case management team.
“The Greenville Housing Authority is pleased to assist area veterans through the HUD-VASH program and help those who are struggling with homelessness. TGHA is glad to help facilitate this program which provides a stable home environment for veterans and their families. I am honored to accept the Secretary’s Award for Outstanding Achievement on behalf of TGHA,” stated Mathews.
If you are a homeless veteran and interested in receiving a HUD-VASH voucher, please contact the Greenville VA Outpatient Clinic at 864-299-1600 for details.
Since 1938, the Greenville Housing Authority has provided housing assistance for people with low and moderate incomes. TGHA provides housing assistance for families, elderly, veterans and disabled individuals through a variety of programs including Public Housing, Housing Choice Vouchers, Low Income Housing Tax Credits, Rental Assistance Demonstration, and Homeownership. For more information on housing assistance, contact The Greenville Housing Authority at 122 Edinburgh Ct., Greenville, SC 29607 or phone (864) 467-4250 or toll-free (844) 411-8442. TGHA offices are open Monday through Thursday, 8:30am to 5:00pm EST or visit online at www.TGHA.net.