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VA Announces 80 Per Diem Awards for Homeless Assistance
April 1, 2004

WASHINGTOND.C. — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has made 80 new awards to public and private nonprofit organizations to support their efforts to assist homeless veterans.

"VA continues to play -- and must play -- a key role in providing health care to homeless veterans, through its own facilities and programs and through partnerships with community-based providers," said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Anthony J. Principi. 

Currently, an estimated 6,000 veterans sleep each night in beds already funded under VA's Homeless Providers Grants and Per Diem Program.  Over 1,580 community-based beds, provided by public and private nonprofit organizations in 29 states and the District of Columbia, will be available with this new round of per diem awards.

"These are the men and women who served our nation during its greatest times of need and who now live without shelter or food or medical care," Principi added. "They are our country's forgotten heroes, who have every right to live the American dream."

While there is no definite measure of the number of homeless veterans, it has been estimated that approximately 200,000 veterans may be homeless on any given night and twice as many veterans experience homelessness over the course of a year.  It is estimated that one-third of the adult homeless male population and nearly one-quarter of all homeless adults have served in the armed forces.

"We want to take the lead in providing health care and benefits for homeless veterans," said Pete Dougherty, who serves as VA’s homeless coordinator. "Throughout my travels I have seen firsthand programs that are helping in a meaningful way to reconstruct veterans' lives and reunite families.  It takes a network of partnerships to provide a full range of services."

To combat veterans' homelessness, VA initiated the Grants and Per Diem Program in 1994, and since then has provided more than $171 million in grants and per diem payments.  More than 180 organizations applied this year for VA's per diem funding.

VA has the largest integrated network of homeless assistance programs in the country and is the only federal agency that provides substantial one-on-one contact with the homeless.  In many cities and rural areas, VA social workers and other clinicians conduct extensive outreach programs, clinical assessments, medical treatment, alcohol and drug abuse counseling and employment assistance.

For more information on VA's homeless programs see

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VA’s Homeless Per-Diem-Only Grants 

(April 2004)


Birmingham -- Aletheia House


Bakersfield -- California Veterans Assistance Foundation 
Berkeley -- Operation Dignity, Inc.
Los Angeles -- PATH 
Los Angeles -- PATH 
Menlo Park -- Homeless Veterans Emergency Housing Facility 
North Hollywood -- LA Family Housing Corporation 
Petaluma -- Vietnam Veterans of California, Inc.
San Francisco -- Community Awareness & Treatment Services, Inc.
Santa Monica -- Salvation Army
South Lake Tahoe -- Sierra Recovery Center


Denver -- Colorado Coalition for the Homeless

District of Columbia:

Washington  -- Diane's House Ministries


Gainesville -- Volunteers of America of Florida, Inc.
Kissimmee -- Transition House, Inc.
Lake Worth & West Palm Beach -- Faith Hope Love Charity, Inc.
Melbourne --  Vietnam Veterans of Brevard, Inc.
St. Petersburg -- Society of St. Vincent de Paul South Pinellas, Inc.


Atlanta -- United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta, Inc.
Atlanta -- Transition House, Inc.
Atlanta -- Salvation Army, A Georgia Corporation 
Decatur -- Institute for Multicultural Rehabilitation, Inc.


Clinton -- Victory Center Ministries, Inc 
Des Moines --Churches United, Inc.
Des Moines --YMCA of Greater Des Moines


Bloomington -- Home Sweet Home Ministries, Inc.
Chicago -- Community Supportive Living Systems
Chicago -- Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Chicago – Featherfist 
Hines -- Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of 
Homewood -- South Suburban PADS
Peoria -- South Side Office of Concern


Indianapolis -- Partners in Housing Development Corporation


Leavenworth -- Dwight D. Eisenhower Reveille Homes, Inc.


New Orleans -- Resources for Human Development, Inc


New Bedford -- Southeastern Massachusetts Veterans Housing Program


Baltimore -- Maryland Center for Veterans Education and Training, Inc 
 -- South Baltimore Homeless Shelter, Inc.
Baltimore -- Project Plase, Inc.


Ann Arbor --   Salvation Army of Washtenaw County


Minneapolis & Columbia Heights -- Salvation Army Northern Division


Hattiesburg -- Pine Belt Mental Healthcare Resources


Kalispell -- Samaritan House, Inc.
Missoula -- Poverello Center, Inc.


Reno -- Sierra Recovery Center

North Carolina:

Asheville -- Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry, Inc
Salisbury -- Love Center for Community Enhancement

New Jersey :

Plainfield & Fords - - Middlesex County Economic Opportunities Corp.

New Mexico:

Albuquerque -- Albuquerque Mental Health Housing Coalition, Inc.
Albuquerque -- New Mexico Department of Veteran's Services 
Las Vegas -- Samaritan House, Inc.

New York:

Albany -- Albany Housing Coalition, Inc.
Bronx -- New Era Veterans, Inc.
Chester -- Volunteers of America, Greater New York, Inc. 
Hawthorne -- Volunteers of America, Greater New York, Inc.
Liverpool -- Altamont Program, Inc


Cincinnati -- Joseph House, Inc.
Cincinnati -- Hamilton County Job and Family Services 
Cleveland --YMCA of Greater 


Ashland & Medford -- Interfaith Care Community of Jackson County 
Corvallis -- Community Outreach, Inc.
Medford -- Salvation Army, A California Corporation 
Portland -- Central City Concern


Bethlehem -- Victory House of Lehigh Valley 
Coatesville -- 
Philadelphia Veterans Multi-Service & Education Center
Cowansville -- 
Mechling Shakley Veterans Center 
Lebanon -- Willow Square II, Inc.
Philadelphia -- Impact Services Corporation 
Reading -- YMCA of Reading and Berks County 
Scranton -- Catholic Social Services Diocese of Scranton, Inc.

South Carolina:

Charleston -- Crisis Ministries 
Charleston -- Chesapeake Health Education Program, Inc.
James Island -- Carolina Homeless Veterans, Inc.

South Dakaota:

Rapid City -- Cornerstone Rescue Mission


Nashville -- Campus for Human Development


Dallas -- Salvation Army, A Georgia Corporation 
Fort Worth -- Presbyterian Night Shelter of Tarrant County 
Houston -- Salvation Army, A Georgia Corporation


Ogden -- Homeless Veterans Fellowship 
Salt Lake City -- First Step House, Inc.
Lake City -- Catholic Community Services of Utah

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