[Hpn] VA Taps $37 Million for Homeless Grants

William C. Tinker wtinker@verizon.net
Thu, 28 Feb 2008 11:21:41 -0500


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To view and download VA news release, please visit the following
Internet address:
http://www.va.gov/opa/pressrel


VA Taps $37 Million for Homeless Grants

Peake: Applications Being Accepted from Local Providers

WASHINGTON (February 28, 2008) - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
is designating $37 million to fund at least 2,250 new transitional
housing beds by giving grants to local providers.

"This is the largest one-time designation of funds for the homeless
program in VA's history," said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Dr. James
B. Peake. "This is a great opportunity for community organizations to
join VA in its mission of eradicating chronic homelessness among
veterans."

The grants are intended to offset the operating expenses for
transitional housing facilities operated by state and local governments,
Indian tribal governments, and faith-based and community-based
organizations that are capable of providing supported housing and
supportive services for homeless veterans.

VA began its national effort to eradicate chronic homelessness 20 years
ago by providing $5 million for a pilot program to support contract
residential care and to create domiciliary care for homeless veterans in
San Diego.

Today, VA supports more than 15,000 beds in transitional housing
facilities or in VA residential treatment programs nationwide.  The
Department is the largest federal provider of direct assistance to the
homeless, including outreach and case management, treatment,
rehabilitation, transitional residential care, therapeutic work and
assistance with permanent housing.  As part of its homelessness
programs, VA also supports special programs for the treatment and
rehabilitation of those suffering from mental illness and addictive
disorders.

For more information, visit VA's grant and per diem program Web page at
www.va.gov/homeless/page.cfm?pg=3D3 or contact VA's grant and per diem
program office toll free at 1-877-332-0334, or e-mail VA at
homelessvets@mail.va.gov.



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