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New Grant Supports Homeless Veterans in York County
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Maine Community Foundation Provides Grant

to Improve the Lives of Maine Homeless Veterans.

 

YORK - Maine Community Foundation awarded a grant of $2,500 to help Volunteers of America Northern New England begin an outreach program to support homeless Maine veterans in York County.

 Volunteers of America’s Huot House in Saco, Maine, provides a safe home and customized services to help 10 homeless Maine veterans make it “All the Way Home™”.  In Biddeford , VOA provides a group home environment that supports veterans in locating, securing and maintaining work.  Both programs support moving the participants through a continuum of services until they can effectively navigate living in the community on their own.

 The grant will help Volunteers of America provide outreach into communities, hospitals and shelters in York County to identify and connect with some of the more than 900 homeless veterans in Maine. An important goal of the program is to help these homeless veterans with the necessary assistance to move them off the streets and into a suitable place to live.

 According to the local VA Community Homelessness Assessment, Local Education and Networking Groups (CHALENG) report: 82% of these individuals have serious psychiatric diagnoses; 59% of these individuals abuse substances; 49% have been hospitalized for psychiatric or substance abuse reasons, and; 36% have medical problems.

 A primary aspect of the outreach program will be collecting data through personal interviews with veterans. This will help supplement the small amount of consistent data that is available through various veterans’ organizations and play an important role to ensure the needs of our veterans are both understood and effectively addressed.

 Volunteers of America Northern New England is a national, non-profit, spiritually based organization providing local human service programs and opportunities for individual and community involvement. Volunteers of America is one of the nation’s largest nonprofit providers of affordable housing for low-income seniors, families and persons with disabilities. Additional information is available on our website at www.voanne.org.

 The York County Fund supports organizations and programs that recognize and build on a community’s strengths and assets. The Maine Community Foundation manages the fund, and local leaders help review grant applications. For more information, visit www.mainecf.org

 

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