OHIO VALLEY — Gallia-Meigs Community Action Agency was recently notified by Washington-Morgan Community Action the that the agency would receive $90,000 for the Supportive Services for Veteran Families program to serve homeless veterans in Gallia and Meigs counties.
By partnering with Washington-Morgan Community Action and Muskingum Economic Opportunity Action Group, Inc. approximately 100 veteran families will receive services in the five counties. The goal of the grant is to prevent and end homelessness among low income veterans by promoting housing stability. The grant funds will be used to provide supportive services to low income veterans living in or transitioning in to permanent housing.
“Our veterans have been promised that if they defend our country, a grateful nation will provide them with services and benefits they have earned,” said U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown, a member of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. “These federal funds are a down payment on the promise to support those who have already given so much to our nation.”
“This grant will provide important supportive and financial assistance services to veteran families in Gallia and Meigs counties,” said Teresa Varian, development director for Gallia-Meigs Community Action. “It is an excellent example of how Community Action Agencies can work together to bring resources to our counties to meet community need.”
The Supportive Services for Veteran Families will begin October 1, 2014. Gallia-Meigs has begun to outreach and assist veterans in the two-county area. Low-income veteran families struggling to remain in their current housing or those families that are homeless will receive a combination of case management and financial assistance services. Veteran households will be required to create a housing stability plan and meet monthly with the case manager. Using the guiding principle of providing the “right service, at the right time, using the right amount of assistance”, the case manager will be able to help veteran families eliminate the barriers to stable housing.
For more information on the Supportive Services for Veterans families program contact Anna Shope, Case Manager at (740) 992-5266 or Teresa Varian, Program Manager at (740) 367-7341 ext. 22 at Gallia-Meigs Community Action Agency.