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SUS Awarded $500,000 Grant From The U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs

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The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has awarded SUS a $500,000 grant, as part of their Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program, to provide care coordination for veterans in New York City. This significant award will enable SUS, in partnership with the Family Center, Inc. to provide a range of supportive services to eligible very low-income Veteran families. SUS’ Veteran Families Care Coordination Program’s services will include outreach, case management, assistance in obtaining VA benefits, assistance in obtaining and coordinating other public benefits, and making financial assistance payments on behalf of Veterans for purposes such as rent payments, utility payments, security deposits and moving costs.

“This new homeless prevention program will provide additional comprehensive support to Veterans who have served honorably, and now find themselves in a downward spiral toward despair and homelessness,” said VA Secretary Eric K. Shinseki. “This program expands our capacity to act before a Veteran becomes homeless and to target the problem of family homelessness. These grants would not have been possible without the extraordinary partnerships forged with community organizers who are firmly committed to making a positive difference in lives of Veterans and their families.”

Donna Colonna, SUS CEO, says, “SUS is honored to be part of the VA’s new SSVF program. This investment in SUS allows us to significantly expand upon our successes to date in the area of care coordination targeted to Veterans in greatest need of cash assistance, housing, employment, treatment and supportive services. Alongside our existing Knickerbocker Veterans’ Transitional Residence and Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP), this new funding will allow SUS to further defragment complex systems serving our Veterans, and engage and support over 300 Veterans per year in New York City. I also extend congratulations to fellow awardee and SUS partner HELP USA, with whom we’ll be serving over 50 single Veterans and their families living at HELP’s Genesis Neighborhood Plaza II beginning in fall 2011.”

The SSVP program will serve Veteran families at 85 non-profit community agencies in 40 states and the District of Columbia under VA’s new homeless prevention initiative and will reach approximately 22,000 Veteran families. The program is a critical element of VA’s plan to prevent and end homelessness among Veterans by providing housing stability among homeless and at-risk Veterans and their families.

For more information please visit http://www.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=2139.

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