The VA has begun a new prevention effort against veteran homelessness. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki announced the launch of Support Services for Veteran Families. With the initiation of the program, $60 million is being distributed among 85 non-profit community groups across the country.
One group, the United Way of Forsyth County, in North Carolina, already has plans for the $560,085 it is slated to receive. They have targeted approximately 100 families who are especially in need of help. These families will receive money over the “medium term” to help pay rental costs. Some money will also go to pay for case managers. The United Way of Forsyth employs case managers to assist currently homeless veterans create a plan to acquire and maintain a home.
Additionally, some of the money will augment a grant already in use renovating an old VFW post. The building, under management by the N.C. Housing Foundation, is being completely stripped clean and rebuilt into a transitional housing environment. The goal for the building is to house 30 disabled, homeless veterans while case managers assist the veterans in finding work and a home of their own.
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