VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System
VA Announces New Grants to Help End Veteran Homelessness
April 1, 2015
Initiative Targets about 15,000 Homeless and At-Risk Veterans and Families in Los Angeles County High-Need Communities.
Los Angeles, CA – Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald announced yesterday the award of $30 million in homeless prevention grants to the California County of Los Angeles. This award is expected to serve up to 15,000 homeless and at-risk Veteran families as part of the Supportive Services for the Veterans Families (SSVF) over the 3 year term of the grant.
This award will serve Veteran families associated with, Volunteers of America of Los Angeles, PATH (People Assisting the Homeless), the Salvation Army, a California Corporation, New Directions Inc., and Mental Health America of Los Angeles, among 24 community agencies in 15 high-need communities to receive a grant.
“The Department of Veterans Affairs is committed to using evidence-based approaches such as SSVF to prevent homelessness and produce successful outcomes for Veterans and their families,” said Secretary McDonald. “This is a program that works, because it allows VA staff and local homeless service providers to work together to effectively address the unique challenges that make it difficult for some Veterans and their families to remain stably housed.”
Under the SSVF program, VA is awarding grants to private, non-profit organizations and consumer cooperatives that provide services to very low-income Veteran families living in – or transitioning to – permanent housing. The grants announced today will provide additional resources to the fourth year operations of the SSVF program.
Through the homeless Veterans initiative, VA committed more than $1 billion in FY 2014 to strengthen programs that prevent and end homelessness among Veterans. VA provides a range of services to homeless Veterans, including health care, housing, job training and education.
More information about VA’s homeless programs is available at www.va.gov/homeless.
Details about the SSVF program are online at www.va.gov/homeless/ssvf.asp.