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August 5, 2011 > Every Veteran Home program receives federal funding

Every Veteran Home program receives federal funding

Submitted By Katie Derrig, Abode Services

The Veterans Administration has awarded the Alameda County Coalition for Veteran Families, a group of four non-profit organizations that offer housing and support services in Alameda County, a $1 million grant for the coalition's Every Veteran Home Program. The goal of this program is to re-house veteran families who are currently homeless, and to prevent future homelessness among re-housed and at-risk families by helping them access the services they need to maintain stable, self-sufficient housing.

The coalition is led by Abode Services, an organization with 22 years of experience helping homeless families and individuals achieve stability and independence. Abode Services will coordinate with Operation Dignity, a veteran-specific housing and service provider; LifeLong Medical Care, an operator of several clinics, heath centers and supportive housing sites; and Building Futures with Women and Children, an organization specializing in housing and services dedicated to the prevention of family violence and support of mental health.

Coalition partners will use their combined resources to provide veteran families with housing and services, including rent and deposit assistance, case management, and primary and mental health care.

"As of this past January, there were approximately 500 homeless veterans in Alameda County," said Abode Services Director of Housing Vivian Wan. "This grant from the VA will be a tremendous step toward ensuring that these veterans and their families can access the services they need to avoid or leave homelessness. 'Every Veteran Home' isn't just the name the coalition chose for the program - it's our vision, too."

The grant to the Every Veteran Home Program was one of 85 awards, totaling $60 million, made through the VA's Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program. This initiative is a part of the VA's plan to end homelessness among veterans in five years. In 2009, an estimated 107,000 veterans were homeless in the U.S. on any given night.

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