St. LOUIS, (KMOX) – For the second year in a row, the St. Patrick Center a $956,272 grant from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs to help fund the agency’s programs working with veterans who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
“ The grant will allow the St. Patrick Center to continue providing support services to veterans dealing with homelessness, unemployment and mental illness,” said St. Patrick Center CEO Tom Etling.
Veteran-specific programs include the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program, which just received another $300,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Labor; Project HERO and Veterans GO! Green. The agency in fiscal year 2011 helped 200 veterans find and retain full-time employment; placed 45 veterans into green jobs; placed 105 veterans into housing; and helped stabilize another 27 veterans in housing.
Under the SSVF program, now in its second year, the VA awards grants to private non-profit organizations and consumer cooperatives that provide a range of services to very low-income veteran families living in or transitioning to permanent housing. Nearly $100 million in grants were awarded to 151 non-profit community agencies in 49 states and will reach approximately 42,000 veterans and their families.