Congressman Tim Ryan is announcing a grant of $960,000 from the Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care for Homeless Veterans (HCHV) to be awarded to Family and Community Services, Inc. in Ravenna, Ohio. The purpose of this grant is to help homeless veterans obtain temporary housing with the hopes that they will be able to take over payment of the lease and continue living in the residence after use of VA services. Veterans in this program will have job training, mental health services and substance abuse counseling available to them. These services and apartments will be at scattered locations in Warren, Ohio.
"Family and Community Services, Inc. should be applauded for their success in securing funding for this program. Providing housing and supportive services to our veterans in need is the right thing to do. These American heroes fought to protect us and it is our responsibility to make sure that they have every resource available to escape homelessness and gain stable, independent lives," said Congressman Tim Ryan.
The Veteran Affairs' Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem Program is part of President Obama and the VA's five year plan to eliminate veteran homelessness by 2015. Between 2010 and 2011 the VA has found a 12% reduction in homelessness among veterans and they have pledged almost one billion dollars to strengthen these types of programs.