Barletta Announces Grants to Benefit Veterans Organizations

Sep 1, 2016
Press Release
Grants Part of Veterans Affairs Program to Prevent Homelessness

WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) today announced the distribution of a series of grants from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to various organizations and charities that benefit veterans in Pennsylvania’s 11th Congressional District.  The grants are part of the Supportive Services for Veterans Families program, which helps low-income veterans and their families avoid homelessness.    

“This is the greatest nation on Earth, and it is our duty to take care of veterans of our armed forces who helped make us that way,” Barletta said.  “These brave men and women – and their families – sacrificed so that we may remain free, and it is incumbent upon all of us to see that they are taken care of.  No veteran should remain homeless, and these grants are going to good, trusted organizations which will see that the money goes to its intended use.”

Six grants announced will go to organizations which provide housing and other services to low-income veterans and their families within, or in parts of, the 11th District.  In some cases, the organizations may serve more than one jurisdiction, and will determine how the money is allocated.  The grants include:

  • Community Hope, Inc. (Wyoming County), which will receive $2,019,273 to address homelessness, mental health, addiction, and poverty.
  • Commission on Economic Opportunity (Luzerne County), which will receive $644,766 to assist in transitional housing in cooperation with the Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center.
  • Volunteers of America of Pennsylvania, Inc. (Cumberland and Dauphin Counties), which will receive $567,106 to assist with housing counseling, budgeting, employment assistant, and transportation, among other services.
  • Lehigh Valley Center for Independent Living, Inc. (Carbon County), which will receive $239,006 for assistance with permanent housing for families with a member with disabilities.
  • YWCA of Greater Harrisburg, which will receive $213,251 to aid in transitional housing, goal planning, education, and employment counseling.
  • Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Allentown (Carbon County), which will receive $179,491 to assist with rent, moving expenses, education, transportation, and child care, among other services.

“When I meet veterans, I always thank them for their service,” Barletta said.  “And these grants represent a very tangible way we can thank them – to see that their housing, transitional, employment, and other basic needs are met as well.”