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Federal grants will help homeless, at-risk Kansas veterans

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Thursday, July 11, 2013, at 4:02 p.m.

The Department of Veterans Affairs has awarded about $1.1 million in grants to the Catholic Charities Diocese of Wichita and the Salvation Army to help homeless or at-risk veterans in south-central and southeast Kansas, according to a news release.

The grants will serve about 400 homeless and at-risk veterans and their families in the area, according to the release, and will go toward things like rent, security deposits and moving costs as they transition to permanent housing.

The latest round of nationwide grants will target about 120,000 veterans and will be distributed to more than 300 community agencies. The release did not say the total amount to be distributed nationwide in this round of grants.

This is the third year for the program. Last year, the VA distributed about $100million to assist about 50,000 veterans and their families, according to the release.

For more information, visit www.va.gov/homeless. Veterans who are homeless or risk being homeless can call the VA’s national hotline at 877-4AID-VET.

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