Vermont Awarded $1.7 Million for Homeless Veterans

BURLINGTON, Vt., Aug. 11 – Vermont will receive $1.68 million from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to help address veteran homelessness, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee chairman, announced today.

The grant to the University of Vermont is part of the VA’s Supportive Services for Veteran Families program, which is providing approximately $300 million to 301 community agencies to help low-income veterans and their families.

Nationwide, homelessness among veterans declined 24 percent from 2010 to 2013.  These grants will help roughly 115,000 veterans who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness.

“Veterans' homelessness is a national disgrace.  In recent years we have made some good progress in lowering the rate of veterans' homelessness in Vermont and throughout the country, but we still have a long way to go.  This grant will enable us to continue going forward and provide dignity to some struggling veterans and their families,” Sanders said.