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July 18. 2012 9:40PM

NH among states to receive grants to combat veteran homelessness

NASHUA — Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki announced Wednesday the awarding of $1 million in grants to help prevent homelessness among New Hampshire veterans and their families.

The grants, which are being awarded through the Supportive Services for Veteran Families program, will help clients of Harbor Homes, Inc., a Nashua-based organization that seeks to end chronic homelessness among veterans and other populations.

According to VA, Harbor Homes, Inc., is one of 151 community agencies throughout the country that will receive grants as part of the federal government’s campaign to end veteran homelessness.

The agencies receiving the grants include private nonprofit organizations and consumer cooperatives that provide services to promote stability among low-income veteran families. Funds will be used to help veterans make rent and utility payments, put down security deposits and meet other needs.

“We are committed to ending veteran homelessness in America,” Shinseki said in a statement. “These grants will help VA and community organizations reach out and prevent at-risk veterans from losing their homes.”

VA estimates that the grants will serve approximately 42,000 homeless at at-risk veteran families nationwide, including about 300 veteran families in New Hampshire.

According to VA, the department distributed about $60 million last year to help at-risk veterans and their families.

More information on the initiative can be found on VA’s website at va.gov.homeless.


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