July 11 at 8:34am

Interfaith receives new round of local and federal grants to help homeless veterans

Interfaith Community Services is the recipient of a $20,000 grant from the office of San Diego County Supervisor Bill Horn to bolster technology at its veterans services center in Oceanside.

The money will be used to purchase laptop computers and monitors for use by veterans at the agency’s new office in the Veterans Assistance of North County facility at 1617 Mission Ave.

“We’ve been looking for funds to outfit a computer lab. This will get that started,” said Dean Dauphinais, director of veterans services for Veterans Assistance of San Diego, a division of Interfaith Community Services. “Having good equipment is essential for veterans to conduct Internet searches for jobs, housing, training, and all we do to help veterans achieve self-sufficiency.”

The Neighborhood Reinvestment Funds grant from Horn’s office will also allow the department to add video conferencing capability.

“This is great news. Technology changes so fast, and we don’t always have money in the budget to replace it,” said Dauphinais. “This helps us buy things we need. … Bill Horn is a big supporter of veterans, and we will use the money to provide them with the help they need to get back on their feet.”

The grant is the second piece of good news for Interfaith’s veterans department, which recently was informed that it was awarded the first option years of two other grants totaling $450,000 to assist veterans in receiving needed training to pursue civilian careers.

The grants include $300,000 for the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Project and $150,000 for the Homeless Female Veterans and Veterans with Families program. The programs help veterans upgrade their job skills, while providing career counseling, assistance with life skills and help in finding housing.