The Disabled Veterans National Foundation (DVNF) is expressing optimism with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Support Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) initiative which includes funding of $600 million for local veterans nonprofit organizations. This program is to help meet the VA's goal to end homelessness by 2015.
Of that money, $300 million will be released in 2014, saving the rest for the final year of the initiative. The money is intended to go to nonprofit organizations throughout the country that serve low-income veterans at serious risk of homelessness.
It is estimated that the total number of homeless veterans has been cut by nearly a quarter, but as of November 2013, there are an estimated 57,000 veterans that still remain homeless.
"I am pleased at the progress that has already been made in the fight to end veteran homelessness, and am happy to see that the VA is taking this goal very seriously," said DVNF CEO, Joseph VanFonda (Sgt. Maj. Ret.). "It is especially important that the VA is giving this funding to local organizations who have a real stake in the communities they serve. They are the ones with the boots on the ground and they will now be better equipped to handle the load." VanFonda expressed optimism that the ambitious goal of ending homelessness by 2015 can still be achieved, despite the work that still needs to be done.
The Disabled Veterans National is a nonprofit veterans service organization that focuses on helping men and women who serve and return home wounded or sick after defending our safety and our freedom.