$1.7M being awarded to help homeless war veterans in New Jersey

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Department of Veterans Affairs will award $1.7 million in federal funds to community organizations that will help find housing for homeless war veterans, U.S. Sens. Frank Lautenberg and Robert Menendez said today.

The two groups that will receive the funds are Charities Dioceses of Camden Inc. and Community Hope Inc. in Parsippany, through the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program.

“This funding will help hundreds of struggling New Jersey veterans gain access to or maintain housing,”  Lautenberg, who served in the Army, said in a release. “Too many veterans who have bravely served our nation are homeless or facing the prospect of being homeless. By partnering with local community organizations, this federal funding will reduce the number of homeless veterans in our state and make sure they have a safe place to call home.”

And Menendez said in a release, “We owe our service men and women so much, so the very least we can do is ensure they have their basic needs met. This funding will guarantee Catholic Charities Dioceses of Camden and Community Hope in Parsippany can continue assisting local homeless and low-income veterans through their Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program in these tough economic times.”

Community Hope Inc. was awarded $992,000 to serve approximately 140 households in the counties of Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, and Warren.

Catholic Charities Dioceses of Camden Inc. will be awarded $744,000 to serve approximately 225 participant households in the counties of Atlantic, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem.