Constituent Services
Congressman Higgins Announces Federal FundingTo Fight Homelessness Among Veterans
July 1, 2005
Over $350,000 in Grants Dedicated to Local Agencies
 WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced $356,815 in United States Department of Labor grants has been awarded to Goodwill Industries of Western New York and the Western News York Veterans Housing Coalition for programs that address the problems of homelessness among Western New York’s veterans.
 
 “Our service men and women often spend months or even years away from home, frequently in unimaginable conditions, only to return home to face new employment, housing and social battles,” said Congressman Higgins.  “This funding will help provide our veterans, who work so hard to protect our freedom and security, with the necessary resources to find work, shelter and support as they transition to civilian life.”
 
 Goodwill Industries of WNY will receive $194,340.  They offer a number of programs including: vocational assessment, workforce readiness & life skills training, residential health care, food pantry services and comprehensive placement services.  This grant will be used to provide services to veterans in Erie, Chautauqua, Niagara and Cattaraugus Counties.
 
 WNY Veterans Housing Coalition, established in 1987 by a group of veterans and community leaders, has been allocated $162,475 in federal funding.  The Coalition, which will aid homeless veterans in Erie and Niagara Counties, operates seven supportive housing properties and provides services ranging from employment training & placement to health care and comprehensive case management. 
 
 Both agencies will enroll homeless veterans into a program that will involve emergency shelter, substance abuse counseling, job counseling, employment assistance and other services such as transportation, subsistence and medical referral. 
 
 The United States Department of Veterans Affairs estimates there are at least 3000 homeless veterans in WNY and approximately half a million veterans who experience homelessness nationwide.
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