Three community organizations that serve New York City veterans are receiving federal funding, Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) announced today. Nearly $2.5 million in federal grants will flow from the Department of Veterans Affairs to organizations that assist veterans and their families with housing options.
"Our troops make great sacrifices for the rest of us and we need to ensure that they are cared for while in the military, but also, after they reenter civilian life," Velázquez (D-NY) said. "I'm pleased to see these resources made available for community groups that focus on helping low-income veterans and their families secure affordable, stable housing."
The funds are being made available to three groups that serve all five boroughs: the Institute for Community Living, Inc. and Services for the UnderServed in Manhattan and Samartian Village. All three organizations are planning to expand services and provide service to veteran households throughout the City. The organizations qualified for funding through the Department of Veterans Affairs' Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSFV) initiative.
"With this funding, we can put more veterans in touch with assistance and ensure fewer of these heroes end up homeless," Velázquez said.
It is estimated that 13% of veterans become homeless at one point throughout the course of year. In New York City, it is estimated that 3,500 veterans are homeless. The funding announced today is expected to extend services to close to 600 veterans, assisting them in securing housing and other basic necessities.
"Those who risked their lives serving our nation deserve our respect and support when they come home," Velázquez concluded. "There is always more we can do, but this funding is a good start in helping New York City veterans receive the help they need."