Hawaii will receive more than $ 2 million federal grants to help homeless and vulnerable veterans, United States MPs Colleen Hanabusa and Tulsi Gabbard announced today.
The Hawaii Catholic Charity will receive $ 1.1 million to support 166 participating households in the islands of Oahu, Maui, Kauai and Hawaii, while the US Veterans Initiative will receive $ 1 million to help approximately 400 participating households in the islands Support Oahu, Maui and Hawaii.
Funding comes from the US Department of Veterans Affairs’s Supportive Services for Veteran Families program.
The Hawaii grants are part of nearly $ 300 million given to 319 community agencies in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki said in a press release .
The grants are designed to help approximately 120,000 homeless and vulnerable veterans and their families, the VA said.
“With these grants, we are strengthening our partnerships with nonprofit nonprofit organizations across the country to give veterans and their families hope, a home and a future,” Shinseki said.
“The work of the Supportive Services for Veteran Families program scholars has already helped us prevent and end homelessness among tens of thousands of homeless veterans and their families, but as long as a single veteran lives on our streets, we have a lot to do.”
The SSVF program gives grants to private not-for-profit organizations and consumer cooperatives that provide services to very low-income families living in or moving to permanent housing. It is designed to prevent vulnerable veterans from becoming homeless and to quickly resume those who have recently become homeless.
“It is a national travesty to see these courageous men and women who once wore the uniform to serve our country, homeless and on the streets,” said Hanabusa. “We as a country must do everything in our power to honor their service and provide them with the support they need in their transition to civilian life.”
Gabbard, who served twice in Iraq as a member of the Hawaii Army National Guard, agreed.
“In every generation, brave men and women have raised their hands and volunteered to serve our nation selflessly in times of peace and war,” she said. “Your sacrifices must be honored; They are dishonored when they and their families are subjected to the burden of homelessness when they return home. “
For more information about the VA’s Supportive Services for Veteran Families program, click here.
*** Updated at 11:02 am with additional details. ***