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Grant aims to wipe out homelessness for Tri-State veterans

The VA estimates the grants to serve about 115,000 homeless and at-risk veterans families nationwide. The VA estimates the grants to serve about 115,000 homeless and at-risk veterans families nationwide.
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A grant from the Secretary of Veterans Affairs awards more than $8.6 million to 24 counties in Ohio aiming to prevent homelessness.

The grant will serve approximately 2,300 homeless and at-risk veteran families as part of the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program.

The goal, prevent homelessness, a common trend among those who serve.

"When folks come home they have service-related conditions that might contribute to their homelessness such as PTSD, traumatic brain injury and certainly there is a lack of affordable housing," said Sally Hammitt, director of community outreach division.

According to housing and urban development, there are nearly 58,000 veterans across the nation. In 2013, Hamilton County had more than 900.

This year, during a point-in-time estimate where people go around the city for one night to gather data, 192 homeless veterans were found in Cincinnati.

Locally, Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries and the Talbert House will receive funds in an effort to help them serve veteran families.

"It allows us to case manage these clients into housing that meets their needs, then of course there are veterans that do have housing but may be at risk to lose their housing," said James Wilson, Vice President of Talbert House.

Last year Talbert House served 150 veterans. It focuses on preventative care but with a new trend the VA is seeing, it's more crucial than ever to reach service members quickly.

"What we see is that it takes about 11 years for a veteran to become homeless, but with this newer population in this recent era of our Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, we are seeing that happens relatively quicker," said Hammitt.

The VA estimates the grants to serve about 115,000 homeless and at-risk veterans families nationwide. This is the fourth year of the program.

In 2009, President Obama announced the federal government's goal to end veteran homelessness by next year.   

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