Montana's Congressman, Denny Rehberg, announced today the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has awarded Montana more than $2.1 million to assist homeless veterans in the state. The money will help fund two new 20-bed homeless centers in Montana and three new vehicles.
"We owe our vets a tremendous debt of gratitude and that means making sure they have good, safe housing," said Rehberg, a member of the House Appropriations Committee. "It's vital the federal government uphold its promises to our veterans and work with the local communities to combat the problem of homelessness."
Volunteers of America of Wyoming and Montana, headquartered in Sheridan, Wyoming, will receive $1,320,540 for a new building in Billings, and to purchase a van to transport veterans for supportive services like healthcare appointments. The Crow Tribe will receive $765,390 for a new building and for the purchase of a van. The Missoula Housing Authority will receive $14,745 for the purchase of a new multi-passenger vehicle for veterans.
"We're thankful for Congressman Rehberg's support and very excited to be able to move the project forward," said Heath Steel, Vice President of the Volunteers of America of Wyoming and Montana. "There is a strong need for veteran transitional and residential living services and this funding will help make a tremendous impact for our homeless veterans."
The Billings facility will be located along Lake Elmo Road, and will cost approximately $2.5 million when finished. Steel hopes it will be completed in 12-14 months. The organization also secured $636,637 for a new 10-bed facility in Sheridan, Wyoming. Montana and Wyoming boast among the highest percentage of veterans per capita in the nation.