- Associated Press - Saturday, October 13, 2018

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The Providence VA Medical Center says more housing vouchers are available to help homeless veterans in Rhode Island and Massachusetts pay rent.

The medical center says local public housing authorities received nearly $220,000 to support 27 rental assistance vouchers. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing program.

The center says there are now 436 vouchers available in total for veterans in Rhode Island, southeastern Massachusetts and Cape Cod.

The new vouchers are available because HUD and the VA announced $35 million in grants to combat veteran homelessness nationwide earlier this month.

The vouchers are meant to provide permanent supportive housing for more than 4,000 homeless veterans.

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