ZZ Top bassist ‘all in’ to help promote VA housing program in Ohio

Sitting on a couch at the VA Outpatient Clinic in South Toledo Thursday afternoon, surrounded by several formerly homeless veterans, one might not have realized Dusty Hill — with his full, flowing beard and black sunglasses — is an international rock superstar.

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ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill meets with veteran Tom Haley on Thursday. Haley was recently housed by the new Toledo,Ohio-based Veterans Matter program. (Toledo Blade)

Hill, bassist for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band ZZ Top, was there to promote Veterans Matter, a program to house homeless veterans. Mr. Hill said he found out about the project through his publicist. “Once they filled me in on what it was … then I was all in.”

The program assists veterans who are eligible for housing through the HUD-VASH program, a joint effort between the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the VA to fight homelessness and move veterans into permanent housing. HUD provides housing assistance through a voucher that allows homeless vets rent privately owned housing. Simultaneously, the VA offers supportive services to those individuals, said Shawn Dowling, a program coordinator for the VA based in Ann Arbor.

Read the complete story about a veteran’s meeting with a veteran rocker from The Toledo Blade.

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