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Funds help veteran housing
November 05, 2015 Jerry Purvis   

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Area veterans facing housing problems will soon be able to take advantage of new VA funding to help them gain what is called “housing stability.”

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has awarded an additional $900,000 grant to Central Nebraska Community Services, headquartered in Loup City, to expand its Supportive Services for Veterans Families (SSVF) program to include western Nebraska, as well Lancaster and Saunders Counties.

“Our agency was the first to receive SSVF funding from the Veterans Administration back in 2012,” said Central Nebraska Community Services Executive Director Cheryl Holcomb. “The new expansion grant had to go to a current grantee.”

With the grant funding, veterans housing assistance will be offered through Community Action Partnership of Western Nebraska offices in Gering. Two case manager will also be stationed in North Platte. Possibly, another case manager will be assigned to the Chadron office.

“We’re hoping to have everyone in place by Nov. 30,” Holcomb said. “The role of our case mangers is to determine the veteran’s needs and link them with the various resources within the state and community to help them overcome any housing barriers.”

The grant focuses on short-term interventions to promote housing stability for veterans and their families.

The agency’s goal is to help veterans gain housing and stay housed. That might include rental or child care assistance, transportation vouchers or other short-term needs.

More information on the Supportive Services for Veterans Families program, call the Central Nebraska Community Services offices at 308-745-0780.
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