The Department of Veterans Affairs publicly announced on Tuesday that it had awarded over $2.58 million in grants to end veteran homelessness.
The grants were awarded to Adams, Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry, Schuylkill, and York counties.
The money was awarded via the Supportive Services for Veteran Families program, also known as SSVF. This program has been known for helping thousands of low-income families. Their ultimate mission is to help veteran families get into permanent housing.
Keisha Kerr is a head program coordinator at the Lebanon VA Medical Center.
“SSVF is a key tool to promote housing stability among our most economically vulnerable Veterans and their families”.
“This program empowers our community-based partners to provide the mix of services needed to prevent Veterans from becoming homeless and rapidly re-house those who become homeless”.
With the help of these grants, these organizations aim to house veteran families that are currently homeless. They also plan to helps veterans remain in permanent housing that may currently be struggling.
This news comes shortly after Austin announced that it had effectively ended veteran homelessness.
It was two years ago that the city took on Michelle Obama’s challenge to end veteran homelessness. Since then the city has housed almost 700 homeless veterans.
Austin also has a system in place that if a veteran is to become homeless, he or she will b able to find housing once again within less than three months.
“We have a responsibility to ensure that once our veterans have served their nation, they have a safe, stable place to call home,” Julian Castro, HUD secretary, said in a statement. “Austin today has proven that ending veteran homelessness isn’t just aspirational – it’s achievable.”
Austin representatives happily claim that their unique system could successfully eradicate homelessness from the entire nation.