“There are still nearly 40,000 veterans who are homeless, and well over a million estimated to be at risk of becoming homeless,” VanFonda said
WASHINGTON, D.C. (PRWEB)
December 07, 2017
The Disabled Veterans National Foundation (DVNF) (http://www.dvnf.org) is urging the Department of Veterans Affairs’ to reconsider a recent proposal that would cut a major homeless veteran program’s budget.
A report from the Washington Post recently indicated that the VA planned to divert funding away from this $460 million joint program between the Departments of Housing and Urban Development and the VA, called the HUD-VASH program. Under the proposal, they would instead reallocate the funding to VA hospitals to be used at their discretion. However, VA Secretary David Shulkin responded that there would currently be no change to the program.
Disabled Veterans National Foundation CEO, Joseph VanFonda (USMC Sgt. Maj. Ret.), states that this move could be devastating to the hopes of housing homeless veterans, emphasizing that more than half of these men and women suffer from a mental illness.
“There are still nearly 40,000 veterans who are homeless, and well over a million estimated to be at risk of becoming homeless,” VanFonda said. “This program has made a profound difference in the lives of more than 138,000 veterans since 2009, so any major decision on this program should first consider the serious consequences it could have on the veterans who might depend on it.”
Homelessness among veterans is one of DVNF’s priority areas of focus, which it addresses through its Health & Comfort program. This program provides vital necessities to homeless and low-income veterans throughout the nation at stand downs, shelters, and other events, aiming to increase participation at these events so that…