Representative Ann Marie Buerkle (NY-25) announced today that Catholic Charities of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse will be awarded a $286,048 grant from the Department of Veterans Affairs as part of its expanding Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program.
"I am so pleased to announce that Catholic Charities of Syracuse will receive a $286,048 grant from the Department of Veterans Affairs to assist them in their mission to serve our communities veterans," said Rep. Buerkle.
"When Catholic Charities decided to apply for these funds, I supported their efforts without hesitation. The grant money that they will receive will enable them to partner with the Salvation Army of the Syracuse Area to provide an array of much needed support services and financial assistance to low-income homeless and housing vulnerable veteran families.
"I am encouraged to see a collaboration of two major human services agencies. Our community's veterans will benefit from the case workers who will help veterans access services related to employment, education, health and mental health, and other important supports. The Salvation Army will manage emergency financial assistance with expenses like rent, utilities, deposits and moving costs.
"Both of these organizations have impressive records of service to members of our community. I know that this grant will only enhance their ability to serve those who are most vulnerable and in greatest need."
The Department of Veterans Affairs will award a total of $100 million in homeless prevention grants to 151 non-profit community agencies in 49 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia. Through its SSVF Program, VA aims to improve very low-income Veteran families' housing stability. Grantees, which include private, non-profit organizations and consumer cooperatives, will provide supportive services to very low-income Veteran families living in or transitioning to permanent housing.