$4M in Federal Funds to Assist Homeless Vets
An additional $300,000 from City of San antonio to Serve Homeless Women Veterans with Families
San Antonio, TX— Today, members from the American GI Forum National Veterans Outreach Program, Inc., Family Endeavors, Inc., and Congressman Lloyd Doggett held a press conference to announce $2,000,000 in federal funds for each group to assist veterans who are homeless or at-risk for homelessness in San Antonio, Bexar County, and surrounding areas. The funds will be used to assist veterans in obtaining veterans benefits, to provide mental health counseling, job training, education, and promote housing stability.
“Our goal should not be merely to ‘manage’ homelessness for our veterans, but to end it.” said Congressman Doggett. “Our veterans have made great sacrifices so we can sleep safely at night, and it is only right that we ensure vets and their families have a roof over their heads.”
“San Antonio has a proud military history. For generations, countless of courageous men and women of our Armed Forces have contributed to our city and an impressive 2 million veterans call Texas home today,” said Congressman Joaquin Castro. “I am encouraged to know that in South Texas these grants will help support more than 2,000 veterans who have fallen on hard times, because to be proud of our military we must take care of our veterans. I take my job of representing Military City USA very seriously, in my role on the House Armed Services Committee I will continue to work to ensure that the sacrifices our men and women in uniform have made for us are dignified with the support they deserve.”
“As a country, we can always do more for those who have sacrificed so much. They deserve it,” said Congressman Pete Gallego. “64,000 veterans reside in the 23rd congressional district. As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, I will continue to advocate on behalf of veterans, service members and their families. This grant will help local organizations better serve our veterans in difficult times. We should stand by them, as they have always stood for us.
Mr. Carlos Martinez, President and CEO of the National Veterans Outreach Program said, “We are very excited about the prospect of serving veterans families in a more holistic approach. Traditionally services have been limited to the veteran only, so we commend the VA for its realization that a family approach is a much better approach in serving today’s veterans.”
Additionally, The NVOP received notice on the grant for the Homeless Women Veterans and Homeless Veterans with Families, they were selected for the $300,000 grant. This San Antonio based grant targets services to family units primarily, but it also allows us to serve homeless women veterans. The announcement was made through a DOL press release. Channel Four News in San Antonio did a story on this that appeared on the six o’clock news on Monday, August 5, 2013.