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Sept. 16 - South Carolina, Georgia nonprofits awarded VA grants to assist homeless Veterans

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Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

September 16, 2017 - This week, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that four nonprofit organizations that serve Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center Veterans have been awarded nearly $10 million in Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) grants. The SSVF grants will bolster efforts to help homeless and at-risk Veterans achieve housing stability.

SVFF grants support outreach, case management and other flexible assistance to re-house homeless Veterans and prevent at-risk Veterans from becoming homeless. Four organizations in the Charleston VAMC catchment area – One80 Place and the Eastern Carolina Homelessness Organization, Inc., which serves South Carolina Veterans; and Changing Homelessness, Inc., and the Northwest Florida Comprehensive for Children, Inc., which serves Veterans in Georgia – were among the 288 nonprofit organizations nationwide that received $343 million total in SVFF grants.

“At Charleston VA, we want to see that every Veteran patient not only has access to high quality health care, but can also secure permanent, sustainable housing,” says Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center Director Scott Isaacks. “We rely on our community partners to connect Veterans with the supportive services they need, like finding safe, affordable housing. These grants will help our partners continue that mission and help end homelessness among our country's heroes.”

Since 2010, Veteran homelessness has declined 47 percent in the United States. Still 40,000 Veterans lack permanent housing, and even one Veteran without a place to call home is too many. The Charleston VA Medical Center will continue to partner with these and other community organizations to find solutions and aid for homeless Veterans and Veteran households at imminent risk of homelessness.

To learn more about how VA supports Veterans who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, contact Charleston VA Homeless Program Supervisor Karen Medbury at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Homeless and at-risk Veterans can also call 1-877-4AID-VET (1-877-424-3838) to access VA homeless services 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

For more information about the SSVF grants and to see a full list of awardees, visit https://www.va.gov/homeless/SSVF/.

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