Nearly $6 million in VA homeless-prevention grants to agencies four counties in North Carolina will serve approximately 2,400 homeless and at-risk veteran families as part of the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program.
Department of Veteran Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki's goal is to end veteran homelessness by the end of 2015.
The money will be distributed to community-based groups that can offer temporary financial assistance on behalf of veterans for rent payments, utility payments, security deposits and moving costs.
Last year, VA provided about $100 million to assist approximately 50,000 veterans and family members nationwide.
Funding in North Carolina is dispersed this way:
- $820,000 for Forsyth County
- $289,000 for Wake County
- $737,000 for 26 counties in Western North Carolina
- $2 million for Onslow, Duplin and Cumberland counties
- $1,141,144 in Cabarrus, Catawba, Davidson, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Stanly and Union counties
- $1,007,000 to help veteran families in Alamance, Caswell, Chatham, Durham, Franklin, Granville, Harnett, Johnson, Lee, Person, Orange, Randolph, Rockingham and Wake counties
Through the Homeless Veterans Initiative, VA committed more than $1 billion in fiscal year 2013 to strengthen programs that prevent and end homelessness among veterans.