Michigan Chronicle: Dingell announces $2.2 million in grants to combat veteran homelessness
U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-12) today announced that Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency in Wyandotte and Southwest Counseling Solutions in Dearborn/Dearborn Heights will receive grants totaling $2,209,325 from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) as part of an ongoing initiative to prevent homelessness among Veterans and their families. The grants are awarded through the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program.
“The number of Veterans who served our country who are homeless is deeply troubling,” said Dingell. “This funding will support local groups that work day in and day out to help Veterans and their families transition into permanent housing and access the support services they need. There are a multitude of issues contributing to homelessness among Veterans and this is an investment in supporting those who served us. Many are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder or other mental health issues and need a helping hand to transition back into the community.”
The goal of the SSVF Program is to promote housing stability to eligible very low-income Veteran families residing in or transitioning to permanent housing. Grantees also provide eligible Veteran families with outreach, case management, and assistance obtaining VA and other benefits, including health care, child care, legal services, and transportation. Southwest Counseling Solutions will receive $1,565,832 through the SSVF program and the Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency will receive $643,493.
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