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Sept. 10, 2020
VA New York Harbor awards grant to NYC to help prevent, end Veteran homelessness
NEW YORK — Homeless and at-risk Veterans here are benefitting from a grant from VA New York Harbor Healthcare System to New York City’s Department of Homeless Services.
The Department of Veterans Affairs’ Grant Per Diem Program funds 154 beds for Veterans in need of transitional housing and supportive services, with the goal of helping them achieve residential stability, increase their skill levels and income, and obtain greater self-determination.
“The GDP program is a community necessity that must be a priority during this time of great need,” said Horace Bovell, a Harbor social worker who helps monitor the program and connects Veterans to services. “The program here is a clinical treatment model offering mental health, case management, medical, dental, employment services and more along with meals.”
Several other VA and city partners provide comprehensive services through this program, according to Bovell, who assists hundreds of Veterans each year who benefit from these grants.
“Veterans discharged from this program use a variety of city, state and federal programs along with donations from caring non-profits,” Bovell added, explaining the level of support Veterans can expect.
The number of Veterans experiencing homelessness in the U.S. has declined by 50 percent since 2010 – in part because of GDP and other VA efforts. In total this year, VA awarded more than 425 grants around the country totaling $275 million, according to a recent release.
“As part of the community here in New York, we’re committed to working with our partners to ensure grants and services like these reach our most vulnerable Veterans,” said Martina Parauda, director at VA New York Harbor. “Comprehensive programs like Grant Per Diem tackle the root cause of homelessness, which helps us implement lasting, positive change for New York’s Veterans.”