In order to further the progression of ending veteran homelessness by 2015, the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) has been given $100 million in grant money to award to community programs across the country that help relocate homeless veterans and their families to affordable housing or prevent them from losing their current residence. With nearly 22,000 veterans and their families that had been helped last year from this funding, the multi-million grant is expected to help about 40,000 in 2012.
Since 2009, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and Housing and Urban Development initiatives such as the SSVF have helped successfully relocate nearly 34,000 veterans to permanent housing and case managers to help them retain residency. This initiative was accomplished through partnerships with nearly 4,000 community agencies throughout 40 states, including the District of Columbia.
Last year the Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) listed that on any given night in 2010 a little over 76,300 veterans may have been out on the street with no permanent housing. The 2011 report shows a decline to roughly 67,500 over the year, reducing the number of homeless veterans by nearly 12% nationwide.
If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, a South Florida disability attorney from LaVan & Neidenberg is ready to help. To learn if you are entitled to certain programs and benefits contact our veteran’s disability rights firm today – 1-888-234-5758.