Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack today announced that Humility of Mary Shelter, Inc. in Davenport will receive $247,543 in funding from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) through their Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program. This program aims to improve housing stability for very low-income Veteran families.
“I strongly believe that we need to care for our veterans with the same dignity and honor with which they have served our country,” said Loebsack. “We have a moral responsibility to end homelessness amongst our Veterans and Veteran families, and to help Veterans struggling in these tough economic times. Humility of Mary Shelter Inc., not only works to help veterans get back on their feet, but also focuses on helping them become more stable in all areas of their lives. I am pleased that they will receive this funding to continue their important services.”
Humility of Mary Shelter, Inc. plans to serve approximately 125 participant households in Scott County and Rock Island County, Iowa. Their Veterans Transitional Program provides 17 beds and service coordination to homeless veterans, with the goal of helping them to achieve residential stability, increase their skill levels, and obtain greater self-determination. The program also offers supportive housing for up to 24 months and works in conjunction with the local VA service center to offer qualifying veterans services such as education and job training.
Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program grants can be used to offer Veterans and their family members outreach, case management, assistance in obtaining VA benefits and assistance in getting other public benefits. Community-based groups can offer temporary financial assistance on behalf of Veterans for rent payments, utility payments, security deposits and moving costs. This is the program’s second year.