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August 23, 2013

Homeless vets in Raleigh getting help

Homeless veterans in Raleigh County are getting an assist from Washington in $105,953 in federal funding to be distributed to public housing agencies, it was announced Friday.

Money comes from a cooperative grant program set up by the Department of Housing and Urban Development and Veterans Affairs.

The program helps homeless veterans find housing through a combination of HUD’s housing choice voucher rental assistance and the VA’s case management and clinical services.

The idea is to help vulnerable veterans who have been without a place to live for extended periods.

“West Virginia’s veterans deserve access to the services they earned and were promised for their bravery and selflessness,” Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., said.

“Among the critical support we can provide our veterans, housing services make a different in veterans’ lives by helping put a roof above their heads. Giving our heroes the opportunity to achieve reliable, long-term housing security is the least we can do for these men and women who’ve sacrificed so much.”

Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., a member of the House Rural Housing Caucus, said, “While we can never do enough to repay the solemn debt we owe our veterans, we can see to it that those in dire straits are assisted with basic needs like a place to live.”

Rahall said the housing investment would also pay dividends in Raleigh County in addition to helping veterans.

 “These courageous Americans have risked their lives in the defense of this country and it is simply unacceptable that many of them do not have a roof over their head,” Sen. Joe Manchin, also D-W.Va., said.

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