The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has declared homelessness among veterans as one of their top enemies and VA Sec. Eric Shinseki gave the VA 5 years to defeat that enemy. To that end, the VA is rolling out a new program they hope will prevent homelessness among veterans. The new program has a somewhat different focus in that it specifically targets those veterans and their families who are not yet homeless, but are on the precipice of becoming so. For the first time in their history, the VA will finance a program that will specifically support the spouses and children of those veterans facing homelessness.
The program will need as much community level help as possible. The VA has begun accepting applications from both nonprofit organizations and consumer cooperatives willing and able to provide those services vital to helping veterans and their families. Already existing community organizations will see their abilities boosted when they start receiving VA funding. Services veterans can likely expect to be made available to them include:
- Various forms of counseling;
- Help with education;
- Limited financial assistance;
- Child care; and
- Money for rent and utilities.
To successfully combat veteran homelessness, the battle must focus on all the factors causing homelessness in the first place. The more time and money the VA can put into intervention programs the more chance they have of preventing the homelessness among veterans.
If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, contact Veterans Help Group. You may be entitled to certain programs and benefits so contact our veterans disability rights firm today.