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HUD Secretary Julián Castro and SHA Executive Director Andew Lofton

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HUD Secretary Julián Castro, veteran and voucher-holder Ceferino Cadavona and Elizabeth Morris, HCV certification specialist.

On April 20, U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro joined Seattle Housing Authority Executive Director Andrew Lofton, Rep. Denny Heck (WA-10), Rep. Dave Reichert (WA-8), and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray at a press conference to announce the award by HUD and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs of 240 more rental vouchers to help homeless veterans in Washington State find permanent, affordable places to call home. The awards were part of a national announcement of $65 million and more than 9,300 vouchers to help end veteran homelessness. Ceferino Cadavona, an SHA Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) voucher recipient spoke with media and guests, sharing an emotional story of his homelessness and how stable housing has changed his life. Later that day, Secretary Castro visited SHA’s Kebero Court, the new residential building opening at Yesler Terrace, to talk with regional housing authority and school district leaders about education partnerships to improve the academic success of children living in public housing.

Read more on HUD’s website

If you have rental units in Seattle and would like to partner with SHA to give a veteran a home, please contact Elizabeth Morris, Certification Specialist Senior and VASH program coordinator for SHA at (206) 239-1626 or elizabeth.morris@seattlehousing.org. She can also answer any questions you might have about the program.

If you have rental units outside of Seattle, please contact your local housing authority’s Section 8 department and ask to speak to the VASH program coordinator.

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