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Helping Homeless Veterans
By Bret Bowers, Public Affairs Officer
Friday, August 30, 2013The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (NCHV) named John Davis as the Outstanding Department of Veterans Affairs Staff Member for 2013. The award was presented during the NCHV Annual Conference and membership meeting in Washington D.C. on May 30, 2013. Spokane Housing Authority (SHA) and VA Medical Center leadership recognized John and his staff for the award at the Homeless Veterans Outreach Center in downtown Spokane (705 W. Second Ave.) True to his character, John deflected the individual praise. “The only reason we are here is to help Veterans. My name may be on the plaque, but all of you who work every day to help our Veterans and work with our partners like the Spokane Housing Authority are to be congratulated,” he said. Davis was nominated for the award by Steve Cervantes, Executive Director (SHA). The organization works closely with the VA Medical Center’s Homeless Veterans Program by providing temporary, short-term, or transitional housing for eligible homeless Veterans and their families. They are able to do so by providing Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Veteran Assistant Supportive Housing (VASH) vouchers to supplement housing costs for homeless, unemployed, and low-income Veterans. “Whether he is rescuing a Veteran from substandard housing, helping a Veteran and family through an overwhelming or unspeakable tragedy, participating in a Stand Down to provide access to bare necessities for our Veterans, or simply surrounded by Veterans and their children enjoying community movie night at one of SHA’s apartment communities, John Davis is vital to the well-being of our Veteran population,” explained Cervantes in his nomination of John. Combined, both organizations currently support nearly 200 Veterans and families with HUD-VASH vouchers. Earlier this month, HUD and VA awarded 75 new HUD-VASH vouchers to allow the Spokane Housing Authority and the VA’s Homeless Program to expand opportunities for 150-200 Veterans and their families in the Spokane region. John Davis is a Vietnam-era Veteran who enlisted and ultimately retired as a Captain from the U.S. Air Force after 25-years of service. He has worked at the VA in Spokane since 2000. (John Davis and the VA’s Health Care for Homeless Veterans (HCHV) program are located at 705 W.2nd Avenue in downtown Spokane – (509) 462-2500.