Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro visited Seattle on Monday to announce grants for Washington state housing agencies that are intended to provide rental assistance for veterans. They are worth more than $1.6 million
About $174,000 is expected to reach Tacoma and Pierce County housing agencies to help 29 homeless veterans. More than $900,000 is going to Seattle and King County programs.
HUD is one of several agencies steering money to homeless veteran programs in the South Sound. In October, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced $3 million in grants for two Tacoma programs run by the Metropolitan Development Council and Catholic Community Services that provide vouchers to homeless veterans seeking transitional housing.
Republican Rep. Dave Reichert and Democrat Denny Heck joined Castro in announcing the grants.
The money comes from the HUD-VA supportive housing program. It has provided rental assistance to more than 88,000 homeless veterans since 2008, according to a HUD news release.