VA Awards $100 Million in Grants to Programs Helping Homeless Veterans
On Wednesday, July 17, Secretary Eric K. Shinseki of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) announced the availability of nearly $100 million in new grants to help reach the goal of ending veteran homelessness by 2015.
The funding will go to fund the Supportive Services for Veteran Families program, which will distribute grants to 151 non-profit community organizations in 49 states, Washington D.C., and Puerto Rico. These community organizations have been approved for their supportive services to homeless veterans and their families.
Organizations that receive the money will be able to provide additional services critical to veterans’ needs. Staff and volunteers in these organizations can help veterans seek VA and other public benefits, manage their cases for health care and disability, and provide connections to other resources in the area. Some organizations can also use the grant money to provide financial assistance so veterans can make rent payments, pay security deposits, and cover moving costs when they find permanent housing.
Disabled veterans are often at a greater risk of becoming homeless due to their disabling condition preventing them from working and earning a stable income. It is extremely important that disabled veterans have a stable residence to help them live with their medical conditions.
If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, a South Florida disability representative from Disability Help Group is ready to help. To learn if you are entitled to certain programs and benefits contact our veteran’s disability rights firm today – 1-(800)-800-3332.