Kaptur Announces $1.7 Million Federal Award for Cuyahoga County Homeless Vets
WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 11) -- Congresswoman Kaptur announced a $1.7 million award to the Cleveland-based FrontLine Service from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
“No veteran in this country should be homeless or sleeping on the street,” said Congresswoman Kaptur. “This valuable award will help to alleviate homelessness among our veteran population in Cuyahoga County.”
Kaptur, a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, said the award will allow FrontLine Service to provide support for approximately 400 low-income veterans as they make the transition to permanent housing.
Funding for FrontLine Service from the Supportive Services for Veterans Families (SSVF) program was part of a nationwide announcement of $300 million in grants to serve approximately 120,000 veterans and their families.
The SSVF Program supports VA’s efforts to prevent at-risk veterans from becoming homeless and rapidly re-house those who have recently fallen into homelessness.
Grantees such as FrontLine Service provide a range of services that promote housing stability and play a key role in connecting veterans and their family members to VA services such as mental health care and other benefits.
This is the third year SSVF grants have helped veterans and their families find or remain in their homes. Last year, VA provided about $100 million to assist approximately 50,000 veterans and family members, including $995,709 to Mental Health Services for Homeless Persons, Inc. (the previous name of FrontLine Service).
The program has been shown to generate positive results. Almost 90 percent of the veterans in the U.S. who completed the program in 2012 successfully transitioned to permanent housing.