July 25th, 2012
Hudson River Housing receives $270,000 grant to aid veterans
POUGHKEEPSIE - Hudson River Housing is proud to announce that it has received $270,000 from the Federal Department of Veteran Affairs in response to its application through the VA’s Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program.
Through this grant, Hudson River Housing will provide supportive services to very low-income Veteran families in, or transitioning to, permanent housing in order to improve their housing stability. Services provided will include outreach, case management, and help in obtaining VA and other benefits, which may include assistance with health care, daily living, financial planning, transportation, child care, as well as legal and housing counseling services.
In addition, time-limited payments may also be made to third parties (e.g., landlords, utility companies, moving companies, and licensed child care providers) if these payments help Veterans’ families stay in or acquire permanent housing on a sustainable basis.
Hudson River Housing is seeking to expand its services to Veterans. The demobilization of troops from Iraq and Afghanistan is expected to rival that of World War II, and the agency expects to see an increased need for housing and services for Veterans in the coming years.
In a statement released by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Senator Gillibrand stated: “New York’s Veterans and the families who stand by them bravely serve our country, and now we need to fight for them. We can’t allow our Veterans and their families to slip through the cracks here at home in this tough economy. This investment will help keep a roof over the heads of Veterans and their families, and help keep them on stable ground. I will keep fighting my hardest to secure all the benefits and resources that our Veterans and their families have earned.”
According to 2010 census figures, Dutchess County has 440 Veteran families living below the poverty line. In addition, 4,774 Dutchess County Veterans have disabilities and are on fixed income, and 291 female Veterans have income below $9,112. Most of these Veterans are rent burdened.
“Hudson River Housing is proud to be able to provide this vital assistance to our Veterans and their families,” said Ed Murphy, Executive Director of Hudson River Housing. “There is an urgent need to expand Veteran services to assist Veterans and their families in accessing stable housing and the other community supports they need. Often, the needs of family members of Veterans, who are a critical component of the support system for Veterans themselves, are not considered by the current service system. This funding will help ensure that very low income Veterans, along with their families, are able to secure permanent housing, and help them overcome barriers to obtaining the programs and services they need and deserve. Hudson River Housing is pleased to be able to play a role in supporting our Veterans, and move our organization into this important area of work.”
Through the SSVF Program, Hudson River Housing will serve 100 Veteran households in Dutchess County. The organization is partnering with, among other agencies, the Dutchess County Division of Veterans Services and the VA Hudson Valley Health Care System, to identify Veteran households in need. Hudson River Housing is also a member of the Veteran Family Support Alliance (VETFAMSA), a Hudson Valley coalition that works to identify the needs of local military families and to improve their access to services.