The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) said recently it awarded grants through the Grant and Per Diem (GPD) program in efforts to assist homeless U.S. military veterans.
The VA said in a release that $185 million in grants will go to community agencies to provide transitional housing and services in 49 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico for 556 individual projects and another $3 million will go toward services for special needs veterans under the supervision of 13 agencies.
“The GPD program has been instrumental in providing needed services to community organizations,” VA Secretary David Shulkin said in the release. “We look forward to our continued partnership with the awardees as we work together to end veteran homelessness. Our goal is to help give at-risk Veterans stable housing and a good start to independence.”
GPD special need funding cares for veterans that include those struggling with chronic mental illness issues as well as those who care for minor dependents. The program began in 1994 and has channeled approximately $2 billion to community agencies dedicated to serving veterans who are homeless.