The Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, announced that four community agencies that serve the Washington D.C. metropolitan area will together receive over $2.5 million in grants geared toward the prevention of veteran homelessness. These grants will give aid to approximately 1,400 homeless and at-risk veteran families in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area through the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program. The Community Council for the Homeless at Friendship Place in Washington, D.C., the Community Partnership for the Prevention of Homelessness in Washington, D.C., Three Oaks Homeless Shelter in Lexington Park, Maryland and Volunteers of America Chesapeake in Lanham, Maryland will be supported through this initiative.
Through the national SSVF program, VA is able to award grants to organizations that help transition low-income Veterans and their families into permanent housing and more stable conditions. The grants will allow these organizations to offer assistance to families through outreach, VA benefits assistance and case management services. On a national level, VA has estimated that the total SSVF program grants will be able to serve approximately 42,000 Veteran families that are at-risk or experiencing homelessness. The grants are intended to play a major role in the federal government’s plan to end Veteran homelessness by 2015.
“We are committed to ending Veteran homelessness in America,” said Shinseki. “These grants will help VA and community organizations reach out and prevent at-risk Veterans from losing their homes.”