Elks Commit $4 Million to Help End Veteran Homelessness
The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the United States of America pledged $4 million over four years to help put an end to veteran homelessness. The Elks will work with the Veterans Health Administration on programs in Washington, Chicago, and New York.
Mary Morgan, Director of the Elks National Veterans Service Commission, hopes that the group can help homelessness veterans achieve better lives. “Our goal is to provide the tools and support necessary for homeless Veterans to transition successfully into healthier and more stable lives,” she said. “Most Americans agree that Veteran homelessness should not exist, but few people know how they can help.”
This is part of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) efforts to work with community and non-profit partners to help veterans. “We’re so excited about partnering with the Elks on this important issue impacting far too many Veterans,” VA Secretary Robert A. McDonald said. “As we move closer to our goal of ending Veteran homelessness, partnerships like these will be critical to ensuring that all Veterans have access to safe and affordable housing.”
This is not the only example of the Elks providing assistance to the VA. The VA reports that in this fiscal year, about 1,300 of the group’s members volunteered over 117,000 hours at VA facilities. The VA says that the partnership with the Elks is a good example of the MyVA mission to put veterans in control of how, when, and where they are served.
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