$1m grant to help homeless vets

August 26, 2011
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The JP-based Volunteers of America Massachusetts (VOAMA) has received a $1 million grant to help homeless and at-risk veterans.

VOAMA estimates that there are over 1,000 homeless veterans and over 7,000 veterans living in poverty in Suffolk, Norfolk and Plymouth counties.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs grant is for VOAMA programming in collaboration with the Quincy homeless program Father Bill’s & MainSpring. The partnership will focus on 195 low-income people and families in Greater Boston and southeastern Massachusetts, according to VOAMA.

The program will aid a spectrum of low-income veterans, VOAMA Chief Operating Officer Henry Goodhue told the Gazette. That includes veterans at risk of eviction; veterans transitioning from shelters to permanent housing; and veterans who are seeking better permanent housing. The support services VOAMA will offer range from health care to financial assistance to transportation.

VOAMA is headquartered at 441 Centre St. in Hyde Square. For more information, see voamass.org.

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