August 31, 2016

Warner, Kaine Announce Nearly $9.5 Million To Help Alleviate Veteran Homelessness In Virginia

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (V-A) will award $9,476,756 to housing authorities and nonprofit organizations to help ongoing efforts in the Commonwealth to prevent veteran homelessness and provide stable housing for low-income veterans and their families.

“Our country has a duty to honor our commitments to support the men and women who have worn our nation’s uniform, and these federal funds will support state and local agencies and nonprofit organizations,” said Sen. Warner. “This funding also adds additional support to Governor McAuliffe’s successful efforts to end veteran homelessness in Virginia by working to provide shelter, stable housing and employment opportunities before veterans fall through the cracks.”

The following Virginia organizations will receive funding: 

  • United States Veterans Initiative will receive $2,020,000 in funding to support the following communities:
    • City of Alexandria; Counties of Fairfax and Arlington
  • Friendship Place will receive $2,020,000 in funding to support the following communities:
    • City of Alexandria; Counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William  
  • Housing Counseling Services will receive $1,036,721 in funding to support the following communities:
    • City of Alexandria; Counties of Fairfax and Arlington
  • Volunteers of America Chesapeake will receive $824,830 in funding to support the following communities:
    • City of Alexandria; Counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William
  • Operation Renewed Hope will receive $476,821 in funding to support the following communities:
    • City of Alexandria; Counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William
  • Virginia Supportive Housing will receive $1,234,458 in funding to support the following communities:
    • Cities of Richmond, Petersburg, Colonial Heights, Hopewell, Emporia and Charlottesville; Counties of Henrico, Chesterfield, Hanover, Goochland, Powhatan, Charles City, New Kent, Petersburg, Dinwiddie, Surry, Sussex, Albemarle, Fluvanna, Nelson, Greene and Louisa
  • Total Action Against Poverty In Roanoke Valley will receive $367,781 in funding to support the following communities:
    • Cities of Roanoke and Franklin; Counties of Botetourt, Bath, Alleghany, Craig, Rockbridge, Montgomery, Highland, Augusta, Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, and Campbell
  • Virginia Beach Community Development Corporation will receive $815,048 in funding to support the following communities:
    • Cities of Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Suffolk and Franklin; Isle of Wight County
  • Hampton Roads Community Action Program, Inc. will receive $269,185 in funding to support the following communities:
    • Cities of Newport News, Hampton and Williamsburg; Counties of James City and York
  • STOP Incorporated will receive $411,912 in funding to support the following communities:
    • Cities of Chesapeake, Franklin, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk and Virginia Beach; Counties of Isle of Wight, Southampton, Northampton and Accomack

The organizations receiving these grants will continue to provide eligible veteran families with outreach, case management, and assistance obtaining V-A and other benefits, which may include health care, income support services, financial planning, child care, legal services, transportation, housing counseling, among other services. This funding was made available through the V-A’s Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program, which helps thousands of very low-income veteran families around the nation who are permanently housed or transitioning to permanent housing. More information on this announcement can be found here.

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