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Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas

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Houston Federal Executive Board Makes Memorable Donation to Homeless Veterans

December 27, 2012

 

From left, Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center Director Adam C. Walmus, M.H.A., M.A., F.A.C.H.E.; HUD Equal Opportunity Specialist Glenda Shepherd, Ph.D.; and Health Care for Homeless Veterans Program Director Luis Paulino at the presentation of the "Housing Ready Kits" for Veterans.

Photo: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

On Dec. 13, 2012, the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (MEDVAMC) received a heartfelt donation of 85 “Housing Ready Kits” from members of the Houston Federal Executive Board. Each kit contained a wide variety of basic household items such as pots, pans, towels, cleaning supplies, dishes, and utensils.

The donation, spearheaded by Glenda Shepherd, Ph.D., an equal opportunity specialist with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, will make this holiday season a bit easier for Veterans participating in the HUD-VASH Program. Besides HUD, participating agencies included the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Federal Bureau of Prisons, and the Transportation Security Administration.

“We are extremely grateful for Dr. Shepherd’s efforts and the generosity of Federal agencies in Houston,” said Medical Center Director Adam C. Walmus, M.H.A., M.A., F.A.C.H.E. “These government employees, time after time, have demonstrated their commitment to reaching out and assisting the men and women who have sacrificed so much for our freedom.”

The Department of Housing and Urban Development – VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) Program is a joint effort between HUD and VA to move Veterans and their families out of homelessness and into permanent housing. HUD provides housing assistance through its Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8) that allows homeless Veterans to rent privately owned housing. VA offers eligible homeless Veterans clinical and supportive services through its health care system across the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Guam.

More than 25,000 federal employees work for federal agencies in the Houston/Galveston area. The Federal Executive Boards were established in 1961 by a Presidential Directive to improve coordination among Federal activities and programs outside of Washington, D.C. Approximately 88 percent of all Federal employees work outside the national capital area.