Mayor Swearengin: Federal Grant To Provide Permanent Housing, Support for 50 Homeless Veterans Is ‘Great News’
03/27/2012
FRESNO – Mayor Ashley Swearengin today said a $275,518 federal grant to the Fresno Housing Authority to provide permanent housing and other supportive services for 50 homeless veterans is “great news” for the City in its ongoing effort to implement the City and Fresno County’s Ten-Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced the grant award today through its Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing Program.

“This funding will help the City and our partners in our proactive efforts to seek long-term, effective solutions to chronic homelessness,” Mayor Swearengin said. “Our Ten-Year Plan centers on providing people with housing quickly and then providing the services necessary to help the individual achieve independence. This grant aligns perfectly with that effort and allows us to help veterans who have made such incredible sacrifices for our country.”

The Fresno Housing Authority will partner with the VA’s Central California Health Care System to provide support to eligible veterans using the grant funding.

The Housing Authority currently has 95 vouchers to serve homeless veterans, and the additional 50 will enhance the housing resources made available to veterans experiencing homelessness. Those resources include emergency, transitional and permanent supportive housing through various programs and VA partners.

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