Homeless Vets Get Housing Grant Money

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.

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One thought on “Homeless Vets Get Housing Grant Money

  1. I would like to know why it takes so long for the VA to get their act together to help one of their own. I have been with my husband for almost 6 yrs. We have been trying to get him help. We are both homeless and have been for almost three yrs. We have been told that we need to call these people or that person, we still don’t have a place to stay and we are living in our car. All we need is a little bit of help. We have a piece of property but it has nothing on it as far as electric, running water, or septic tank. We have a 30 ft. travel trailer but the county where we live wont allow us to live iin it because we have none of these things. I don’t understand how a man can give 10 yrs of his life to serve his country just to have them turn their back on him, when he needs their help. I wish that some of you had to go through what he did, he was military police and was shot at. He still has nightmare about it, tells me we need to leave because they are coming to get us and there is no one there. I am his care taker and have not ask for anything, I love this man with all my heart and want to get him the help that he needs I can only do so much. Our car that we are sleeping in needs repaired, we can’t even go to town because it has a hole in the gas tank and needs a tune up. I don’t think its to much to ask for, there are others out here that claim they can’t do anything and drive new trucks and have all the things that some of us only dream about having. Just think about this, you go home to take a shower and cook something to eat and to have a nice cool home , wee don’t have any of that I cook on the grill when we can afford it, if nit we don’t eat.

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