Congressman Pallone Announces Grant for Piscataway VA Clinic to Address Veteran Homelessness

Mar 28, 2012 Issues: New Jersey, Veterans

Clinic awarded nearly $221,000 to provide housing and case support to homeless veterans

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Frank Pallone (NJ-06) announced today that the Veterans Affairs (VA) Clinic in Piscataway, NJ was awarded nearly $221,000 to fight homelessness among veterans. The funds, which are provided through the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing Program (HUD-VASH), will go to supply permanent housing and case management services for local homeless veterans.

One out of every six men and women in U.S. homeless shelters is a veteran. The VA clinic will work closely with homeless veterans and refer them to public housing agencies. The program will provide rental assistance to eligible veterans and comprehensive case support so veterans can maintain permanent housing.

“We have an obligation to men and women who have risked their lives to protect ours, to do everything we can when they return from their service,” said Pallone. “This program will address the tragedy of veteran homelessness by providing immediate housing and long-term assistance,” he added.

More than $1.7 million has been awarded to the state of New Jersey to end veteran homelessness. Veterans participating in the program rent privately owned housing and typically contribute no more than 30 percent of their income towards rent.

“In addition to helping veterans find immediate housing, the funds will provide needed support services and case management to homeless veterans so we can get to the root causes of veteran homelessness and eliminate it entirely,” said Pallone.  “We absolutely must offer any resources possible to make sure that our brave fighting men and woman have the tools they need to help them thrive.”

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