$5.5 Million Towards Housing Homeless Veterans
GAINESVILLE - The North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System has been awarded $5.5 million to help prevent and end veteran homlessness.
Experts say it's often the little things that contribute to the vicious cycle of vet homelessness.
Unpaid utility bills and transportation to work are some of the gaps that will be filled by the new grant.
Healthcare costs are often apart of the homeless equation.
Vianne Marchese, chair of community care services at the North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System: "I think we have a high population because we are a hub not only for VA healthcare but healthcare in general and veterans may be finding themselves homeless once they're here."
Our region is working towards the national goal of ending all vet homelessness by the year 2015.
This year the federal VA has allocated $1.4 billion to go towards specialized homless programs.
This new grant is a part of that effort.
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