Nonprofit veterans agencies in Michigan are sharing in nearly $8.1 million in fiscal 2017 grants awarded by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs this week to help prevent homelessness for low-income veterans and their families.
Made through the Supportive Services for Veteran Families program, the grants are part of $300 million in total grants made to agencies serving veterans across the country.
They will fund outreach, case management and other flexible assistance to prevent veteran homelessness or rapidly rehouse veterans who become homeless during the period Oct. 1 through Sept. 30, 2017.
In Michigan, 12 organizations are sharing in grants totaling $8.08 million. Among them are five agencies affiliated with the Detroit VA. Those grants are:
- $1.57 million to Detroit-based Southwest Counseling Solutions.
- $1.04 million to Oxford-based Training and Treatment Innovations Inc.
- $643,493 to Detroit-based Wayne Metro Community Action Agency.
- $590,103 to Port Huron-based Blue Water Center for Independent Living.
- $274,505 to Pontiac-based Oakland Livingston Human Services Agency.
In the Wayne, Oakland, Macomb and St. Clair counties areas served by the Detroit VA, program officials recorded 613 permanent housing placements and the placement of 772 veterans in permanent supportive housing through VA-funded programs from Oct. 2015 to July, the federal agency said in a release
In fiscal year 2015, VA-funded programs served more than 157,000 people, the agency said. That number is expected to be even higher for fiscal year 2016, which ends Sept. 30.
As a result of these and other efforts, veteran homelessness is down 47 percent since the launch of the Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness in 2010, the VA said.
Since 2010, more than 360,000 veterans and their family members have been permanently housed, rapidly rehoused or prevented from falling into homelessness by VA’s homelessness programs and targeted housing vouchers provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, it said.