Grant to Be Used to Help Missouri's Homeless Veterans
August 6, 2013
In 2011, more than 140,000 U.S. military veterans sought emergency shelters or transitional housing due to homelessness. Many ended up in such a position due to a lack of Missouri Veterans’ Disability Benefits for treatment of service-connected illness or disability.
The Department of Veterans’ Affairs is hoping to help alleviate the situation by offering a grant of roughly $500,000 to veterans assistance organizations to help homeless veterans get a roof over their heads and pay off home debt. According to an article from the Springfield News Leader, the grant will go into effect on October 1 and is expected to help roughly 150 homeless veterans.
The grant comes as part of the $300 million Supportive Services for Veterans Families Program. Half of the money will be used to contract case managers who will help homeless veterans find housing and work. The other half will go directly to veterans and their families to pay mortgages, rent, and other housing expenses.
The St. Louis Personal Injury Lawyers with Cofman Townsley Injury Lawyers applaud the efforts to help homeless veterans find shelter. However, the grants will not address why so many of these individuals are in such a predicament, which is the fact they suffer from disabling conditions that need medical treatment.
The firm urges any veteran suffering from a debilitating condition to discuss their legal options for compensation with an attorney.