MILPITAS -- A Santa Clara County transitional housing organization was awarded a federal grant for nearly $1 million to help homeless veterans get into a permanent place to stay.
The Milpitas-based Emergency Housing Consortium is one of 38 projects around the country that were given a grant by the Department of Veterans Affairs in order to further its mission to help end chronic homelessness for veterans.
The grants will give veterans the opportunity to take over payment of a house's lease instead of moving out after completing programs such as substance abuse counseling, mental health services or job training. Most programs require veterans living in transitional housing to leave after two years.
The housing for veterans will be at locations throughout the county.
According to the news release, the "Transition in Place" model "helps close gaps in available housing for the nation's most vulnerable homeless veterans, including women with children, Indian tribal populations and veterans with substance use and mental health problems."
"Securing permanent housing is a vital step in the journey of our homeless veterans," said Susan Angell, a VA director, in a news release. "This is the last piece of the puzzle. It is crucial for them in continuing to lead independent lives."
Homeless veterans or those at risk of becoming homeless can call the National Call Center for Homeless Veterans, 1-877-424-3838 for information about
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