Department of Veterans Affairs grants $53 million for California’s homeless veterans services

SAN DIEGO – California’s homeless veterans will be better served this year due to almost $53 million in Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program grant awards from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

“As we work to end veterans homelessness it will take a real partnership between the State of California, the federal government, and the non-profit organizations dedicated to serving our veterans,” said Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego).

California agencies and organizations will receive a total of $52,916,933 of the grant awards. The funds are a part of a $207 million SSVF grant package distributed to all states, from which California is slated to receive just over $90 million. The funds are directed to help an additional 70,000 homeless and at-risk veterans and their families across the country.

Three members of the California Association of Veteran Service Agencies: Swords to Plowshares, Veterans Village of San Diego, and U.S. VETS received $21.6 million of the total to serve veterans and their families in California communities such as San Diego, Long Beach, and San Francisco. The rest of the grant awards went to eleven other organizations that serve California veterans and their families.

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