Lake Havasu City, AZ – During today’s Board of Supervisors meeting, the Board voted to approve a one year lease of a 168 square foot portion of the county’s Lake Havasu City Complex to the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Chapter 27 of Lake Havasu City. Supervisor Buster Johnson, who placed the item on the agenda, stated that he knew that the current office space leased by the DAV was limited. “When the space at the county became available I approached them to see if they were interested,” Johnson stated. According to Johnson, the County was previously using the space as a janitorial closet. “I brought the item before the Board because I felt that letting the DAV’s lease that space would be a better use for it,” Johnson continued. Johnson stated that the DAV will use the space for administrative purposes as well as assisting veterans with transportation needs to other cities. The lease agreement will begin on November 1st and conclude on October 31, 2015.
Lake Havasu City, AZ – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today that Mohave County will receive 13 additional vouchers for housing assistance for veterans in Mohave County under the Veteran Assistance Supportive Housing (VASH) Program. According to Supervisor Buster Johnson, the 13 additional vouchers will provide Mohave County with $73,339 to help veterans find and keep safe and secure housing. “These vouchers will help provide a better quality of life for our veterans who have sacrificed so much for this country,” Johnson stated. According to Mohave County Community Services Director Susie Parel-Duranceau, the 13 additional vouchers will bring the total vouchers available to Veterans in Mohave County to 63. In order for veterans to qualify, they must be VA health care eligible and must meet the definition of homelessness. Qualified veterans must also need case management services in order to obtain and sustain independent community housing. “The VA will qualify the veteran and then refer them to Mohave County,” Duranceau explained. Through the VASH program, the veterans will generally contribute no more than 30% of their income towards the rental of privately owned housing with Mohave County paying the remainder. Mohave County and Cochise County were the only 2 counties in Arizona to receive the additional vouchers. According to the Northern Arizona Veterans Resource Center, homeless veterans make up 32% of Mohave County’s homeless population. “After their service and sacrifice, too many of our veterans find themselves living on our streets. Through this program, we are able to help these veterans in their time of need,” Johnson ended. For more information on the VASH program, please visit: http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/public_indian_housing/programs/hcv/vash