Volunteers of America Texas Receives $1.9 million to Help Homeless Veterans and their Families
Veterans and their families who are at risk of being homeless in south central Texas now have an additional resource to find housing. Volunteers of America Texas, a faith-based nonprofit dedicated to helping the vulnerable reach their full potential, received more than $1.9 million from the United States Department of Veterans Administration to end homelessness among veterans. The Supportive Services for Veteran Families program will provide housing stabilization and supportive services to those who have served the country and their families.
The organization will serve about 450 families over the three-year term of the grant, who are either homeless or at risk for being homeless, hoping to put a dent in the number of veterans who make up roughly 12 percent of the adult homeless population.
“There is a shortage of affordable housing options for our veterans. These are people who made sacrifices to serve and defend our country. We are grateful for this opportunity to serve them and their families,” said Angela King, president and CEO of Volunteers of America Texas.
Case managers will work with veterans and their families to coordinate services and address any barriers to self-sufficiency. The SSVF program also will provide rent and utility assistance to help families who are at risk-of losing housing or connect homeless families to appropriate housing.
Eligible veterans’ families must have low-income and reside in a shelter, on the street or be in danger of losing housing in one of the following counties: Bastrop, Bell, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Comal, Coryell, Gillespie, Gonzales, Guadalupe, Hays, Kendall, Kerr or Williamson counties.
“Our goal is not to replace the efforts that are being made to mitigate homelessness among our veterans but to integrate those efforts to end homelessness,” King added.
Outreach will be conducted with several referral sources including homeless shelters, the VA, South Texas Veterans Health Care System, veterans’ centers, churches, schools and on the street.
SSVF is the first veteran-specific grant for VOA Texas, which complements the efforts of other national affiliates who have already implemented SSVF and other veteran specific programs.
About Volunteers of America Texas
Volunteers of America Texas is a faith-based, nonprofit organization that strengthens communities by helping the vulnerable reach their full potential. Services include addiction treatment, affordable housing, intellectual and developmental disabilities services, community re-entry programs and a continuum of support services that address the needs of the whole person. With locations in more than 30 urban and rural communities, Volunteers of America Texas has been helping those who need the most help for close to 100 years. For information, visit www.voatx.org.