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Homeless Veterans' Initiatives
VA Focuses on Women Veterans
Links Between Single TBI and Alzheimers Noted
Changes to 9/11-GI Bill
$30 Million Partnership to Improve Vets' Access to Jobs
Profile: Sandra Thébaud
Ultimate Job Search and QR Codes
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Homeless Veterans' Initiatives

The downturn in the economy has hit virtually everyone in one way or another and unfortunately, a group experiencing that harder than most is homeless Veterans. To provide relief to this most deserving group, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki has announced plans to assist homeless Veterans through new initiatives.

Homeless Statistic GraphicGrants for Veteran Families

Shinseki announced the award of nearly $60 million in homeless prevention grants that will serve approximately 22,000 homeless and at-risk Veteran families as part of the new Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program. This initial $60 million award will serve Veteran families at 85 non-profit community agencies in 40 states and the District of Columbia under VA’s new homeless prevention initiative.

“This new homeless prevention program will provide additional comprehensive support to Veterans who have served honorably, and now find themselves in a downward spiral toward despair and homelessness,” said VA Secretary Eric K. Shinseki. “This program expands our capacity to act before a Veteran becomes homeless and to target the problem of family homelessness. These grants would not have been possible without the extraordinary partnerships forged with community organizers who are firmly committed to making a positive difference in lives of Veterans and their families.”

Permanent Housing

U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan and Secretary Shinseki also recently announced that HUD will provide $46.2 million to public housing agencies in all 50 states and the District of Columbia to supply permanent housing and case management for 6,790 homeless Veterans in America.

This funding, from HUD-VASH, is a coordinated effort by HUD, VA, and local housing agencies to provide permanent housing for homeless Veterans.

For a complete local breakdown of the rental vouchers, click here.

The grants announced today are part of $50 million appropriated for Fiscal Year 2011 to support the housing needs of 6,900 homeless Veterans. VA Medical Centers (VAMC) provide supportive services and case management to eligible homeless Veterans. This is the first of two rounds of the 2011 HUD-VASH funding. HUD expects to announce the remaining funding by the end of this summer.

Homeless Veterans are referred to the public housing agencies for these vouchers, based upon a variety of factors, most importantly the need for and willingness to participate in case management.




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