It's estimated that on any given night, more than 62,000 of the nation's homeless once wore a uniform in service to their country and nearly 13 percent of the United States homeless population are veterans.
This morning, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced that nine Idaho counties—Ada, Blaine, Camas, Cassia, Gooding, Jerome, Lincoln, Minidoka and Twin Falls—will receive more than $490,000 in homeless prevention grants to serve approximately 340 homeless and at-risk Veteran families. The grant is part of the Supportive Services for Veteran Families program, which serves vets through the El Ada and South Central Action Partnership.
The grants will help the community organizations provide a range of services to secure housing stability, mental health care and other benefits. The community-based groups can also offer some temporary financial assistance in the form of rent or utility payments, security deposits and moving costs.