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Vermont Awarded $1.7 Million for Homeless Veterans


BURLINGTON, Vt., Aug. 11 – Vermont will receive $1.68 million from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to help address veteran homelessness, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee chairman, announced today.

The grant to the University of Vermont is part of the VA’s Supportive Services for Veteran Families program, which is providing approximately $300 million to 301 community agencies to help low-income veterans and their families.

Nationwide, homelessness among veterans declined 24 percent from 2010 to 2013. These grants will help roughly 115,000 veterans who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness.

“Veterans' homelessness is a national disgrace. In recent years we have made some good progress in lowering the rate of veterans' homelessness in Vermont and throughout the country, but we still have a long way to go. This grant will enable us to continue going forward and provide dignity to some struggling veterans and their families,” Sanders said.

Contact: Michael Briggs (202) 224-5141

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what will the money be used for?

I am glad more money is available for veterans with housing needs, and I wish there were much more detail about what the 1.7 million will fund. That it is going to UVM and that there is no detail concerns me. I hope that UVM has a pretty direct link to veterans and this is not a study. I look forward to someone who has more info providing an update here.

 

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