For Immediate Release
Contact: John Hoellwarth
National Communications Director
AMVETS (American Veterans)
AMVETS National Headquarters, Sept. 4, 2018 – American Veterans (AMVETS), the nation’s largest and most inclusive Congressionally chartered veteran service organization, favorably responded to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announcement regarding additional resources set aside to curb veteran homelessness.
The VA plans to provide approximately $200 million next year to support more than 13,000 transitional housing beds for its Grant and Per Diem (GPD) Program.
“Veteran homelessness remains a chronic problem in our country, even with all the attention it has gotten over the last decade. Unfortunately, it is not always a top priority,” said Joseph Chenelly, AMVETS National Executive Director. “When homelessness programs have the resources they need to operate effectively, it also has an impact on veteran suicide, addiction, and poverty. These programs create spaces where all of these issues can be addressed as more veterans are pulled away from the margins of society.”
According to an August 30, 2018 press release, VA intends to award nearly $2.7 million to renew 12 Special Need grants for support services for homeless veterans who have chronic mental illnesses, women veterans and veterans with minor children who face limited transitional residence options.
Established in 1994, VA’s GPD program provides needed support and services to a number of programs across the country that care for homeless veterans to help them achieve residential stability. Programs that will receive the funding include short-term transitional housing, housing for veterans experiencing chronic homelessness, housing for hospitalized veterans with recuperative-care needs, and programs that focus on addiction and/or residential mental health treatment in conjunction with other services.
To learn more about VA’s programs for homeless Veterans, visit http://www.benefits.va.gov/PERSONA/veteran-homeless.asp.
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