Veterans: Homeless Assistance Grants - VA Accepting 1999

Tom Boland (wgcp@earthlink.net)
Mon, 15 Mar 1999 19:17:20 -0800 (PST)


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SOURCE: [United States] Department of Veterans Affairs

VA ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR 1999 HOMELESS ASSISTANCE GRANTS

WASHINGTON, March 12, 1999 /PRNewswire/ -- The Secretary of Veterans
Affairs today announced the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will begin
accepting applications from public and nonprofit private groups for $12.5
million in grants to develop programs that help veterans recover from
homelessness.

The Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem Program authorizes VA to assist
non-profit, state and local government agencies to establish transitional
housing and supportive services for homeless veterans. Grants awarded under
the six-year-old program can provide up to 65 percent of the cost of
acquiring, constructing or renovating facilities that will be used for
supportive housing or as service centers.

``An estimated one-third of the adult homeless population in these United
States are veterans -- 250,000 men and women who served this country in
uniform,'' said Secretary West. ``This department is committed to working
with concerned groups to break the destructive cycle of homelessness.''

For fiscal years 1994 through 1998, VA awarded 127 grants totaling more
than $26 million to 101 groups in 39 states and the District of Columbia to
develop new homeless assistance programs. Currently, nearly 1,000 beds are
available for homeless veterans through these initiatives. When these
projects are completed, approximately 2,700 new community-based beds will
be available.
Also under this funding, 14 homeless veterans service centers will be
established; 20 vans will be purchased by groups to conduct outreach or
provide transportation for homeless veterans; and four mobile service
center units will provide medical care and/or counseling services for
homeless veterans with limited access to treatment.

VA is the only federal agency providing substantial hands-on assistance
directly to homeless persons. In addition to the grant and per diem
program, VA administers specialized homeless assistance programs, including
establishing health care and rehabilitation programs for homeless veterans
and conducting greater outreach to provide benefits counseling and
referrals to other VA programs.

For further information about obtaining a grant application, call toll-free
877-332-0334 or visit the Internet site at
http://www.va.gov/health/homeless/index.htm.

SOURCE: Department of Veterans Affairs

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