Late last year, we announced Veteran homelessness was down 12 percent in 2011, largely thanks to the efforts of community partners to intervene before Veterans and their families ended up on the street. Rather than declaring victory in the find to end homelessness, we’ve continued to invest in programs and partners to get that number down to zero.
This week, a new round of funding—nearly $100 million—got pushed to 151 community agencies in 49 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. The agencies will look to serve 42,000 homeless Vets, as well as those at risk of becoming homeless.
Like last year, this release of funds to community partners will focus on keeping Vets and their families from becoming homeless in the first place. From McClatchy:
The grants announced Tuesday are part of a VA initiative that partners with private non-profits and consumer groups to provide services for veterans and their families in – or transitioning to – permanent housing.
The program is a new approach to ending homelessness among veterans. It focuses on prevention, quickly securing housing and keeping families together.
The grants will boost outreach and case management efforts, as well as help Vets cover rent, utilities, and moving fees.
If you’re a homeless Veteran or family member, or at risk of becoming homeless, please give our help line a call at 1-877-4AID-VET (1-877-424-3838), and visit our homeless Veteran site for more information on housing assistance, health care options, and more.