Rep. Barletta announces two grants to fight local veteran homelessness

Jul 17, 2012
Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, PA-11, announced that the Commission on Economic Opportunity (CEO) of Wilkes-Barre will receive a $360,000 homeless prevention grant from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Additionally, the Lehigh Valley Center for Independent Living, which serves Carbon and Monroe counties in the 11th District, will receive a $150,000 grant.

These grants are some of $100 million in homeless prevention grants to 151 non-profit community agencies in 49 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia as part of its expanding Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program. The SSVF program is a critical element of the VA’s plan to prevent and end homelessness among Veterans.

Through the SSVF Program, the VA aims to improve very low-income veteran families’ housing stability. Grantees, which include private, non- profit organizations and consumer cooperatives, will provide supportive services to very low-income veteran families living in or transitioning to permanent housing.

“Homelessness among our nation’s veterans is more than a serious problem, it’s a national tragedy. We owe so much to those who served our country. I’m pleased that these grants can help keep some of our veterans in good homes and off the streets,” Rep. Barletta said.