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Hawai‘i Eligible For Millions Of Federal Dollars To Help Homeless Veterans

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), lead Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans’ Affairs, announced that Hawai‘i is set to receive federal funding from the Department of Veterans Affairs to help homeless veterans.

“No veteran should be homeless,” said Senator Schatz. “These funds will give struggling veterans access to stable housing and provide them with the services they need to get back on their feet and find a home of their own.”

The VA’s Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem Program will provide approximately $185 million to community agencies in Hawai‘i and across the country, including the U.S. Veterans Initiative at Barbers Point, which serves nearly a thousand veterans. The Initiative will be eligible to receive reimbursement grant funding to help carry out their mission and provide affordable, long-term housing, and supportive care for homeless veterans, who may struggle from a lack of a local support network or steep financial or health challenges. One out of every six homeless people is a veteran.