Housing Authority seeks landlords for veterans housing program

A long list of non-profits, apartment managers and businesses were enlisted to participate in a one-day housing fair to get Birmingham area homeless veterans into permanent housing. The inaugural Operation: Reveille was was Wednesday, Jan. 18 at the United Way of Central Alabama. (Erin Edgemon/eedgemon@al.com)

The Housing Authority of the Birmingham District needs landlords for a partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs to house homeless veterans.

It’s holding a landlord’s interest meeting on Thursday at the McCoy Building at 1301 25th Ave. N. at 3 p.m. At the event, landlords can find information about the voucher program to support veterans.

Earlier this year, HABD held an event called "Operation: Reveille," a one-day housing fair with the goal of housing 30 homeless veterans. HABD said 23 veterans were given keys to housing at this event.

Thursday’s meeting is in preparation for another Reveille event to be held July 28. The event will connect veterans with landlords, housing authorities and utilities companies for financial and legal assistance to find permanent housing, as well as access to food and other household items.

During the event, veterans who have already registered with the VA can go through a pre-screening process for an apartment, which includes a credit report. The utility companies and apartment companies tour units with the veterans.

"These forums of collective community impact continue to make the difference for our veterans and not only provide housing but other resources to ensure a supportive transition from homelessness," Paula Stokes, Department of Veterans Affairs Veterans Experience Officer, said in a press release.

The goal for the inaugural event is to get 30 homeless veterans into housing, said Willie J. Fields, homeless coordinator for the VA Medical Center in Birmingham.

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