Grants to end Veteran Homelessness.
Unfortunately, veteran homelessness is a significant problem in the United States. According to a recent study, there were an estimated 62,619 homeless veterans on a single night in 2012. Fortunately the numbers have been declining each year and the Department of Veteran Affairs has launched a variety of programs to take our valued Service men and women off the streets.
The VA has announced two new grants that will be available to veterans starting in 2013. These grants come as part of a goal to end veteran homelessness by 2015. Under the program, service providers for homeless veterans will be able to apply to receive funding for improvement of facilities and transportation to aid veterans in need.
Approximately $22 million grant dollars are available through the new program, with a maximum of $250,000 per award for providers who want to restore and improve facilities. Also, an additional $2 million will be available to assist with the purchase of vans for transportation of veterans to medical appointments and employment opportunities.
These grants will also help to provide financial assistance to develop and operate transitional housing for homeless veterans. The program currently has over 15,000 transitional housing beds and hopes to increase that number with the help of new grants.
Applications are due to the VA Grant and Per Diem office by 4pm on June 28, 2013.