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VA Announces Homeless Assistance Award to Houston Group

April 13, 2004

VA Announces Homeless Assistance Award to Houston Group

Released: 2004/04/13

HOUSTON, TX - A local non-profit organization, Salvation Army, A Georgia Corporation is one of 80 public and private nonprofit groups receiving per diem awards from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), to assist homeless veterans. VA will make approximately $15 million dollars available annually for these projects.

"This VA award will help to create much needed transitional housing, supportive services and service centers to benefit homeless veterans," said Veterans Affairs Secretary Anthony J. Principi. Salvation Army, A Georgia Corporation will operate at 2407 North Main where services such as job training and referrals, as well as mental health and substance abuse services will be offered.

Salvation Army, A Georgia Corporation's project, located in Texas will receive this VA award and is among awardees from 29 states and the District of Columbia. Over 180 organizations applied for this year's VA Per Diem Awards.

Noting there are over 6,000 veterans who sleep each night in beds already funded under this program, Secretary Principi said that approximately 10,000 community-based beds will be available when these projects and previously funded projects are fully operational.

With this new round of awards, VA has assisted over 400 public and private nonprofit grant recipients in 50 states and the District of Columbia. VA has awarded more than $171 million in grants and per diem under its Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem Program since the program began in 1994.

VA, which has directed more than $153 million to its specialized homeless assistance programs in fiscal year 2003, is the only federal agency providing substantial hands-on assistance directly to homeless persons. In addition to the grant and per diem program, the department administers specialized homeless assistance programs providing outreach, health care, rehabilitation, benefits counseling, and referrals to other VA programs.

Information on the program is available on VA's home page, which can be reached through the Internet at http://www.va.gov/homeless/.

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Point of Contact: VHAHOU Public Affairs

04/13/04 08:44