VA HOMELESS GRANTS APPLICATIONS
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Department of Veterans Affairs News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 4, 2001
VA Accepting Applications for Homeless Grants
WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is accepting applications from public and nonprofit private groups for $10 million in grants to develop programs that help veterans recover from homelessness. "VA is proud to take the lead in providing health care and benefits to homeless veterans," said the Secretary of Veterans Affairs Anthony J. Principi. "However, we cannot do it alone. VA forms alliances with community-based organizations and together we strive to break the destructive cycle of homelessness for our veterans." Under VA's Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem Program, VA provides assistance to nonprofit agencies, or state and local governments to help homeless veterans. Grants awarded under the eight-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, as
service centers or to purchase vans for transportation. Deadline for grant applications is June 20. For a copy of the application packet, contact the Grant and Per Diem Program at (toll-free) 1-877-332-0334 or download the application from VA’s Homeless Assistance Programs and Initiatives web page at: http://www.va.gov/health/homeless/grants.htm.
An estimated 25 percent of the adult homeless population in the United States are veterans -- 250,000 men and women who served this country in uniform. During fiscal years 1994 through 2000, VA awarded 243 grants totaling more than $53 million to groups in 44 states and the District of Columbia to develop new homeless assistance programs. Currently, more than 2,500 beds are available for homeless veterans through these initiatives. When these projects are completed, approximately 5,000 new community-based beds will be available.
VA is the only federal agency providing substantial hands-on assistance directly to homeless people. 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 outreach to provide benefits counseling and referrals to other VA programs. "Homeless veterans want to regain personal pride and once again become productive citizens," said Principi. "In order to do that they need access to substance abuse recovery and mental health programs, affordable housing and employment opportunities. It takes a network of partnerships to be able to provide a full range of services. VA is committed to working with concerned groups to accomplish this most worthwhile duty."