Here’s some good news to share with a needy veteran who may not be in the best of circumstances presently. A July 11, 2013 Department of Veterans’ Affairs announcement pledges $300 million in grants to get homeless veterans and their families into housing and keep at-risk vets in their homes.
The money triples the amount the department previously awarded through its Supportive Services for Veteran Families program to non-profit organizations that help the homeless and at-risk veteran populations, according to Lisa Pape, Director of Homeless programs
“This program is the crown jewel of programs in our continuum of care … to provide funding for community partners and nonprofit orgs to help homeless vets, their families and their children exit homelessness very quickly or maintain their current place of living if they’re having difficulty with paying bills and getting their needs met,” Pape said.
You can find some good information about VA grants for the homeless and financially distressed at the VA website: http://www.va.gov/homeless/housing.asp
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On the national level, Vincent Kane, director of the National Center for Homeless Veterans, said the latest announced funding marks the third time the department has awarded the grants. Kane touts the program as successful according to detailed research. “We found we had served over 35,000 individuals [through the program], 21,500 veterans and close to 10,000 children,” he said. “The success rate is at 86 percent.”
The number of vets without homes has since dropped 17 percent, though the problem still affects some 62,000 former service members on any given night, according to recent government estimates. Kane said the department expects the latest grants will help 120,000 veterans and family members re-gain permanent housing or stay in their homes over the next year.
The VA awarded the competitive grants to 319 community organizations with proven track records in providing vets with aid and services such as case management, financial planning, employment assistance, including transportation and child care. The groups also draw on other agencies’ services “when necessary to promote reestablishment of housing and the ability [of veterans] to be successfully reintegrated back into the community,” Kane said.
The VA committed more than $1 billion for the fiscal year 2013 to strengthen programs that prevent homelessness among veterans. In addition to housing-oriented programs, the department also funds health care, job training and education programs for homeless veterans, those at-risk of homelessness, and their families.
If you are a veteran in need of housing; or, if you know of a veteran in housing need, there is no time like the present to act.