July 12, 2013
Washington, D.C.- Nevada Senator Harry Reid announced $4.5 million in grants for veterans organizations in Nevada. The grants, from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, will go to four veterans service organizations that assist Nevada’s veterans. U.S. Vets, Vietnam Veterans of California, The Salvation Army, and HELP Social Service organization, each have received grants totaling $4.5 million through the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program.
“I’m pleased to announce that the United States Department of Veterans Affairs has awarded $4.5 million dollars to four organizations that assist Nevada veterans,” said Senator Reid. “These wonderful organizations have received funding that will assist more than 1000 veteran families with the social services that they need and have earned. This funding will help combat veteran homelessness in Nevada, which is completely unacceptable. We must never forget about the nation’s commitment to our heroes, and I continue to fight for the benefits and treatment that they deserve.”
The United States Veterans Initiative will receive $1,207,000 to serve approximately 240 participant households in Clark County. The Vietnam Veterans of California will receive $1,931,768 and will serve approximately 370 participant households in Northern Nevada, which include Reno, Carson City, Sparks, Hawthorne, Fallon and surrounding counties. The Salvation Army will receive $456,755 and will serve approximately 200 participant households in Clark County. The HELP Social Service Corporation will receive $926,248 and will serve approximately 200 participant households in Clark County.
About the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program
The SSVF Program supports VA’s efforts to prevent at-risk Veterans from becoming homeless and rapidly re-house those who have recently fallen into homelessness. Grantees will provide a range of services that promote housing stability and play a key role in connecting Veterans and their family members to VA services such as mental health care and other benefits. This is the third year SSVF grants have helped Veterans and their families find or remain in their homes. Last year, VA provided about $100 million to assist approximately 50,000 Veterans and family members. Nearly 90 percent of the Veterans who completed the program in 2012 transitioned to permanent housing.
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