Moulton Announces New Effort to Help End Veteran Homelessness
Oct 03, 2015 02:51PM
By Bill Gilman
Congressman Seth Moulton
(Editor's note: The following information was submitted by the office of Congressman Seth Moulton.)
Washington, DC - Today, Congressman Seth Moulton (D-MA) announced new federal funding to support low-income veterans in northeast Massachusetts. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs awarded a total of $4,157,453 in grants to three Massachusetts organizations dedicated to preventing veteran homelessness, including the Veterans Northeast Outreach Center, the Lynn Housing Authority Development Group, and the Vietnam Veterans Workshop.
“It is imperative that we take action to end veteran homelessness and ensure that veterans and their families have access to stable, permanent housing,” said Moulton. “These grants will play a vital role in helping local organizations end veteran homelessness through homeless prevention assistance and housing placement.”
The Veterans Northeast Outreach Center in Haverhill, Massachusetts, has rapidly rehoused or provided homeless prevention assistance to more than 1000 veteran families in the past two years with the help of federal funding.
Executive Director John Ratka said the grant will have a significant impact on both preventing homelessness and helping veterans transition to permanent housing. “Receiving this award is so very important in assisting homeless veterans and their families from Middlesex and Essex Counties to be placed in permanent housing,” said Ratka. “It has been equally important as a homeless prevention tool, assisting veterans and their families to remain stably housed.”
For more information on the VA’s Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program, please visit:http://www.va.gov/homeless/ssvf.asp.