VA steps up efforts to end veteran homelessness

The VA has awarded about $300 million to help fight veteran homelessness

TULSA (KTUL) - The Department of Veterans Affairs is giving more money to the Supportive Services for Veterans Families program to help combat veteran homelessness.

The grant is about $300 million and will be used to help low-income veterans and their families nationwide. The SSVF has spread the money to 275 different organizations across the country.

VA Secretary Robert McDonald credits the VA's Housing First Strategy with helping cut the number of homeless veterans.

"Housing First is why 360,000 Veterans and family members have been housed, rehoused or prevented from falling into homelessness over the last five years. SSVF helps homeless Veterans quickly find stable housing and access the supportive services they – and their families – need," said McDonald.

Veteran homelessness is down 47 percent since the program was launched in 2010.

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