U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., today announced that a Monroe, La., non-profit organization will receive a $1.05 million federal grant to provide temporary housing for homeless veterans. The funds from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) were awarded to the Wellspring Alliance for Families, Inc., which provides support services and housing for homeless veterans.
"Our veterans dedicated their lives to serving our country and keeping us safe. When they return home, we have a moral obligation to ensure they receive the care and support they need. This funding will help get homeless veterans off the street and provide the support they need to begin rebuilding their lives," Landrieu said.
Today's funding was made available through the VA's Grant and Per Diem (GPD) Program, which helps close gaps in available housing for the nation's must vulnerable homeless veterans, including women with children, Indian tribal populations, and veterans with substance use and mental health issues. Community-based programs funded by the GPD Program provide homeless veterans with support services and housing.
Those receiving funding have undergone a rigorous review by teams of experts rating each application under objective criteria to ensure that those funded have the ability to provide the services described and a solid plan to get these veterans into housing with a high probability of obtaining residential stability and independent living.