Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans Awarded Nearly $3 Million to Assist Veteran Homelessness
Minnesota — The Department of Veterans Affairs awarded $418 million in grants to more than 260 non-profit organizations in June, allowing low-income Veteran families around the nation to access services under the Supportive Services for Veteran Families program.
SSVF grantees are authorized to use the funds to rapidly re-house Veterans who become homeless or to prevent Veterans from becoming homeless.
SSVF grantees are in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Through partnerships with VA and community programs, SSVF provides eligible Veteran families with outreach, case management and assistance obtaining VA and other benefits, which can include health care, financial planning, childcare, legal and fiduciary payee assistance, transportation, housing counseling and other services.
Locally an organization benefitting from these grants is the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans. Norman County Veterans Service Officer John Rosenber says MACV, who will be receiving just shy of $3 million in funding, is an organization that he is very familiar with and has helped a number of area veterans in a bind.
Helping Veterans in need of permanent housing remains a critical priority for VA. In fiscal year 2020, VA served 112,070 participants, including 77,590 Veterans and 19,919 children through the SSVF program.