Rep. Susan Davis & Veterans Village of San Diego Announce $1.4 million to Combat Homelessness Among Veterans
SAN DIEGO, CA – Congresswoman Susan A. Davis (D-San Diego) and Veterans Village of San Diego (VVSD) announced over $1.4 million in federal grants to help homeless veterans in San Diego. Vietnam Veterans of San Diego will receive the grant money to further their efforts to get homeless veterans off the streets and into financial stability.
“No one should be living on the streets, especially those who sacrificed to protect our freedoms,” said Rep. Davis, Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Military Personnel. “I have seen firsthand and talked to the many veterans living on our streets. It’s important they know that they have not been forgotten.”
“These awards are of critical importance in the furtherance of our dedicated mission in serving severely challenged homeless veterans,” Phil Landis, President & CEO Veterans Village of San Diego.
The $1million grant is part of the VA’s Supportive Services for Veterans Families (SSVF) program, which provides services to very low-income veterans and their families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
Funds from the grants will allow assistance providers to offer veterans and their family temporary financial aid for rent payments, utility payments, security deposits and moving costs.
The $475,000 in federal funding is through the Grant and Per Diem (GPD) Program. The GPD Program helps veterans get into stable residences, increase their skills and income, and achieve independence.
Congress passed a VA spending bill that included $7.9 billion for next year for homeless veterans programs.
The grants are part of $300 million the VA is allocating nationally to get homeless veterans off the streets and into housing. In August, the Obama Administration announced that homelessness among veterans had been cut nearly in half nationwide.