SAN DIEGO, Aug. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Veterans Community Services (VCS), a non-profit that helps the nation's veterans transition successfully into civilian life, today announces it has received a $1 million grant from the Veteran's Administration's Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF). VCS is the only grantee in San Diego and Imperial Counties to receive the SSVF grant.
Jim Jenkins, Chief Executive Officer for Community Catalysts of California, the parent entity for VCS, said, "We're pleased to have been awarded the SSVF grant as it will help us in our goal of providing support to about 300 veterans and their families struggling with homelessness and other day-to-day challenges."
VCS received its first $1 million SSVF grant in 2011 and has already helped more than 150 veterans and their families in San Diego and Imperial Counties. The VA awarding another $1 million to VCS is recognition of the local program's success to date, Jenkins said.
Veteran homelessness is a huge and growing problem. Nationwide, veterans are estimated to represent one quarter of all the homeless. On any given night, the VA estimates that there are more than 100,000 homeless veterans across the nation. And in San Diego County, there are an estimated 8,500 homeless people, nearly 35% or 3,000, are veterans.
The SSVF funds will provide direct grants to eligible veterans and their families, support case management services and cover administrative costs. About $300,000 of the SSVF funds will be direct grants to veteran families, $600,000 for program services and case management and $100,000 for administrative costs.
To learn more about the program, call 800-974-9909, or go online at www.ccvcs.net and click "contact us."
About Veterans Community Services
Veterans Community Services (VCS) is a homelessness prevention and rapid re-housing program. It helps low-income homeless veteran families achieve housing stability, accessing Veterans Affairs (VA) and public benefits.
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