Congressman Tim Murphy (PA-18) announced today that the Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania (VLP) has been awarded a $922,961 federal grant from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide support services for homeless and at-risk veteran families.
"Today's announcement is another victory for Southwestern Pennsylvania service members and veterans," said Congressman Murphy. "By working together, we've fought to keep the 911th Air Wing open, secured a new commissary for veterans and military personnel, and now through these grants, ensured the continued health and safety of our veterans. VLP will help to put countless homeless and at-risk veterans back on their feet--giving them the dignity of going back to work."
In March, Rep. Murphy wrote a letter of support for the VLP grant application, stating that funding would enable VLP to "work to improve housing stability for low-income veterans and their families, along with carrying out their four other programs that all have the collective goal of assisting veterans who are facing tough obstacles as they transition back into civilian life."
Under the grant, the VLP will offer Veterans and their family members outreach, case management, assistance in obtaining VA benefits and assistance in getting other public benefits. The community-based group can offer temporary financial assistance on behalf of Veterans for rent payments, utility payments, security deposits and moving costs. Additional services covered by VLP will include: personal financial planning services; transportation services; fiduciary and payee services; legal services; child care services; housing counseling services; and short-term housing assistance. VLP plans to serve approximately 380 participant households in Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Blair, Butler, Cambria, Clearfield, Fayette, Huntington, Indiana, Somerset, Washington, and Westmoreland counties.
Through the homeless Veterans initiative, VA committed $800 million in FY 2011 to strengthen programs that prevent and end homelessness among Veterans. VA provides a range of services to homeless Veterans, including health care, housing, job training, and education.
More information about VA's homeless programs is available on the Internet at www.va.gov/homeless. Details about the Supportive Services for Veteran Families program, which funded the VLP, are online at www.va.gov/homeless/ssvf.asp.