VA’s new Supportive Services for Veteran Families program announces $60 million in grants to help prevent homelessness

VA announced yesterday that almost $60 million will go toward homelessness prevention for those veterans having served in the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

According to Donna Miles of the American Forces Press Service, the VA has provided in this fiscal year “health care or housing to 140,000 veterans determined to be homeless, at risk of becoming homeless, or who were homeless but have returned to permanent housing” (http://www.defense.gov//news/newsarticle.aspx?id=64816).  The $60 million is the first part of the “VA’s new Supportive Services for Veterans Families program,” according to MIles.

Furthermore, the new program gives the $60 million to “85 nonprofit organizations in 40 states and the District of Colombia to serve an estimated 22,000 homeless and at-risk veterans and their families.”  According to the article, VA Secretary Eric Shinseki wants the “Supportive Services” grant money to help organizations “act before a veteran becomes homeless and to target the problem of family homelessness.”

Previously, Secretary Shinseki declared his goal to end veteran homelessness by 2015.  Miles’ article explains that Shinseki’s plan is to end veteran homelessness by 2015 through the use of employing better services in the areas of education, employment, and health care.

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