LOS ANGELES (CNS) — The Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles was awarded $1.4 million in additional federal funding on Wednesday, Nov. 16, to provide housing for 150 homeless veterans.

The vouchers can be used toward projects that house homeless veterans, or given directly to veterans who need financial assistance.

The vouchers were given out by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development as part of a program known as HUD-VASH, or HUD Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing.

Half of the 150 vouchers have already been committed, according to Annie Kim, spokeswoman for the Housing Authority.

HACLA’s portion is part of a total of $18.5 million in vouchers announced this week for 39 housing agencies around the country. A project known as Hartford Villas should be receiving 75 of the 150 vouchers awarded to HACLA, according to the HUD news release.

Similar vouchers were used this year toward projects to convert motel units into housing for veterans, according to HACLA officials. The agency has so far allocated 3,909 Section 8 vouchers under the HUD-VASH program.

The city has at least 1,617 homeless veterans, according to the latest annual count by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority.