WASHINGTON, Oct. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki has announced that 19 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico will share more than $17 million in grants to community groups to create 1,155 beds for homeless Veterans this year.
“These grants will aid our efforts to eliminate homelessness among those who have served in uniform,” said Secretary Shinseki. “Our partnerships with community-based organizations provide safe, transitional housing while these Veterans leverage VA’s health care and other benefits to return to productive lives.”
A key tool in VA’s drive to eliminate homelessness among Veterans, the grants helped VA reduce the number of Veterans who are homeless on a typical night last year by 15 percent to about 131,000 Veterans.
In other programs, VA provides health care to 100,000 homeless Veterans, compensation and assistance in obtaining foreclosed homes and excess federal property, including clothes, footwear, blankets and other items.
That includes the Health Care for Homeless Veterans Program operating from 132 sites to provide outreach, physical and psychiatric examinations and referrals for more than 40,000 Veterans annually, while 2,100 beds in VA domiciliaries provide treatment to more than 5,000 Veterans each year.
In addition, VA partners with volunteers and community organizations to serve tens of thousands of Veterans each year through “stand downs” offering Veterans who often are living lives in the shadows access to basic services and referrals.
VA works with a variety of federal agencies and Veterans organizations not only to mitigate and eliminate homelessness but toward a goal of preventing its occurrence in the first place.
VA’s goal is to have a “no wrong door” phenomena, meaning Veterans who seek assistance should find it either in VA internal programs, from community partners or through contract services.
In terms of dollars and number of Veterans served, VA has the largest integrated network of homeless assistance programs in the nation. In fiscal year 2009, VA expected to spend $2.8 billion to provide health care and specialized homeless programs, with an anticipated $400 million increase in the budget for fiscal year 2010.
VA social workers and clinicians work with community and faith-based partners to conduct extensive outreach programs, clinical assessments, medical treatments, alcohol and drug abuse counseling and employment assistance.
More information about VA’s homeless programs is available on the Internet at www.va.gov/homeless. The list of recipients is below.
Recipients of VA Grants for Homeless Veterans
State City Recipients Amount Program Ariz. Tucson Esperanza En $450,938 10 beds Escalante Calif. Adelanto Life Community $227,240 12 beds, 1 van Development Los Angeles Volunteers of $506,108 48 beds America Colo. Aurora Aurora $46,706 15 beds Comprehensive Community Mental Health Denver Bo Mathews $362,798 16 beds, 1 van Center for Excellence Denver Volunteers of $72,327 8 beds America Conn. New London New London $130,627 8 beds Homeless Hospitality Center D.C. Washington US Veterans $942,500 85 beds Initiative Fla. Orlando Center for Drug $1,049,257 28 beds, 1 van Free Living St. Cloud Transition $275,925 4 beds House St. Petersburg Boley Centers $94,015 13 beds Tamp Tampa $500,370 16 beds, 1 van Crossroads Ga. Augusta Augusta $499,070 16 beds, 1 van Steppingstones to Recovery Kan. Emporia Corner House $308,295 18 beds, Ky. Hopkinsville Pennyroyal $1,604,714 50 beds Mental Health and Mental Retardation Center Mich. Detroit Detroit Rescue $932,500 60 beds, 1 van Mission Ministries Southfield The Salvation $1,241,289 34 beds Army Southfield The Salvation $962,000 30 beds Army Southfield The Salvation $397,289 30 beds Army Mo. Kansas City The Salvation $656,110 30 beds Army N.M. Las Cruces Mesilla Valley $180,750 22 beds, 1 van Community of Hope N.Y. Avon Zion Episcopal $96,015 6 beds Church Bronx Everywhere and $158,715 61 beds Now Public Housing Bronx Everywhere and $188,500 84 beds Now Public Housing Schenectady The Altamont $46,332 12 beds Program, Inc N.C. Ridgecrest First at Blue $125,813 10 beds Ridge, Inc. Ore. Eugene Sponsors, Inc. $506,527 10 beds Pa. Philadelphia Diversified $436,020 30 beds Housing Solutions, Inc. Pittsburgh Community Human $8,642 10 beds Services Corporation Puerto Aguadilla Casa Del $75,433 12 beds Rico Peregrino Aguadilla, Inc. S.C. Wagner Christ Central $1,592,500 96 beds Ministries Tenn. Hohenwald Buffalo Valley, $142,350 14 beds Inc. Texas Houston Forest Lawn $169,361 25 beds, 1 van Missionary Baptist Church Houston Spiller $1,900,000 184 beds, 1 van Personal Care Home, Inc.
SOURCE U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs