August 23, 2013
By Efram Ramirez
In recent years, a high volume of military members have returned from Iraq, Afghanistan and other foreign lands after serving the nation. Upon arriving home, many have dealt with significant issues finding jobs, homes and other necessities during the re-acclimation process. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and several other federal entities have increased efforts to provide more support to these national heroes.
Whether living on the West Coast or East Coast, veterans will have greater access to financial assistance, especially when seeking out a place to live.
Efforts in San Francisco
The San Francisco Chronicle recently reported that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has partnered with the VA to deliver roughly $875,000 to local veterans for housing purposes. According to the news provider, the San Francisco's Housing Authority will be responsible for distributing the housing vouchers to veterans in need.
This is the latest finalization of allocated funds that are part of the bigger project taking place across the nation. The Obama administration passed a bill to increase funding to $60 million in the hopes of bringing the number of homeless veterans down to zero by 2015. The source explained that these initiatives have been highly successful throughout the past several years, with homelessness dropping 7.2 percent between 2011 and last year.
Officials and advocates know that there is still a long road ahead, as an estimated 60,000 veterans are currently homeless. However, the San Francisco Chronicle added that the federal government is not the only entity that is launching programs to help quell this problem in the city.
For example, the news provider cited the Veterans Commons which was created by a nonprofit organization and currently gives 75 veterans a place to live at a time. With an estimated 6,000 veterans living without a home in San Francisco, additional support will be welcomed.
Long Island secures more funding
The Veterans Service Agency in Long Island's Nassau County, New York, has announced that it has successfully risen its pool of available cash awards for local returning servicemen and women from just under $1 million in 2006 to $5 million in the first six months of the year, Newsday reported.
According to the source, officials from the agency believe that the county will be able to disburse more than $10 million to assist veterans in finding jobs, healthcare and housing.