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Homeless veterans in Joliet get housing assistance

JOLIET – The Housing Authority of Joliet will get nearly $149,000 worth of federal vouchers to provide housing for homeless veterans.

The money will fund 17 vouchers that HAJ plans to use at Hope Manor Joliet, the veterans housing project being developed by Volunteers of America Illinois.

“This is in conjunction with a partnership that we have with Volunteers of America,” HAJ CEO Michael Simelton said.

HAJ is providing the vouchers, and VOA provides a variety of services, including employment training, family counseling and peer support, Simelton said.

Hope Manor is scheduled to be built in the coming year at the old Silver Cross Hospital campus in Joliet.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on Tuesday announced the vouchers, a joint project with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

The partnering VA medical facility for the Joliet vouchers is Edward Hines, Jr. VA Medical Center, which has a health clinic at the old Silver Cross Hospital campus.

HAJ is one of two public housing agencies in Illinois to get the vouchers. HUD also announced 40 vouchers with a value of $295,000 being awarded to the Housing Authority of Cook County.

The vouchers provide homeless veterans and their families with access to affordable housing with support services, according to a news release from HUD.

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