October 1 at 7:11am

New Grant to End Veterans Homelessness Awarded to Interfaith Community Services

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has awarded Interfaith Community Services a $3 million grant through its Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program. This award will provide new federal funds to Interfaith Community Services to help end veterans homelessness in San Diego County.

Grant funds will be used to provide wraparound services – including rental and utility assistance, financial literacy training, transportation, and individualized case management – to low-income veterans and their families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. The program’s goal is to provide struggling veterans and their families with rapid assistance to prevent homelessness, as well as to restore housing stability for homeless veterans.

Through a partnership with People Assisting the Homeless (PATH), Interfaith Community Services will work to prevent and combat homelessness, provide immediate assistance and prevent homelessness for more than 180 low-income veterans and their family members over the next year.

“Ending veterans homelessness is a top priority for our organization,” said Greg Anglea, Executive Director of Interfaith Community Services. “We are deeply committed to ensuring our nation’s heroes receive the support they deserve. This new grant award will provide crucial funding to end homelessness among San Diego County veterans.”

Through the SSVF program, the VA has helped tens of thousands of veterans exit homelessness and prevented just as many from becoming homeless. According to the 2014 Point-in-Time Estimates of Homelessness, nationwide homelessness among veterans has declined 33 percent since 2010.

Merles-Hoot-jigsaw-300x200Interfaith Community Services has been “helping people help themselves” in North County San Diego since 1979. The organization provides a wide range of programs designed to empower hungry, homeless, and low-income community members to begin a pathway toward self-sufficiency. Each year, Interfaith Community Services serves more than 19,000 community members by providing basic needs and nutrition support, social services, shelters and housing, employment development, youth programs, senior services, veterans programs and addiction recovery support.