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Homelessness is a national issue that will be solved at the local level

Washington, DC – Eleven states will share more than $10.3 million in grants to community groups to provide enhanced services for homeless Veterans this year. The United States Veterans Initiative, Inc. of Houston, Texas received $420,000 to treat chronically mentally ill Veterans in the District.

As a key component of VA’s plan to eliminate homelessness among Veterans, VA’s Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem Program provides grants and per diem payments to help public and nonprofit organizations establish and operate supportive housing and service centers for homeless Veterans.

As a result of this funding, provided through a program known as VA Special Need Grants for Homeless Veterans Service Providers, 26 projects will receive approximately $10.3 million to continue providing enhanced services for homeless Veterans who are seriously mentally ill.

The grants will also greatly benefit homeless women Veterans, including women with children, elderly women, or those who may be terminally ill. “Each night there are over 250,000 Veterans sleeping in our streets. U.S. VETS of Houston an innovative public-private partnership created in 1993 to fill gaps in the continuum of care for homeless veterans.

Through a coordinated effort with the US Department of Veterans Affairs and other partners, U.S. VETS brings hope that these veterans can break the cycle of homelessness,” said Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee. Only programs with supportive housing (up to 24 months) or service centers (offering services such as case management, education, crisis intervention, counseling, services targeted towards specialized populations including homeless women Veterans, etc.) are eligible for these funds.

The program has two levels of funding: the Grant Component and the Per Diem Component.


Michael J. McQuerry
Communications Director
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18)
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