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Federal Funds To Assist Veterans’ Housing

Federal funding has been secured to help veterans at the Fort Peck Housing Authority.

U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., announced last week more than $11 million in funding to support homeless and at-risk veterans and their families across Montana.

“The men and women who risk their lives to defend our country deserve to be treated with dignity when they come home, and that starts with ensuring each and every one of them has a safe roof over their head,” said Tester. “We’ve got to keep connecting folks with the tools they need to succeed here at home, and that’s why I’m proud to have helped secure these critical resources to help tackle veterans homelessness in Montana.”

This grant funding will be provided to Montana veterans across the following organizations that serve veterans from all across the state:

•Fort Peck Housing Authority, Fort Peck;

•North West Montana Veterans Stand Down, Kalispell;

•The Poverello Center, Missoula;

•Volunteers of America Northern Rockies, Billings.

Tester secured funding for the following service organizations focused on helping prevent and end veterans homelessness across Montana: •$10,917,945 for the Volunteers of America Northern Rockies;

•$1,837,500 for Veterans Inc. These awards are a portion of the more than $799 million in grants for the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Supportive Services for Veteran Families program, which is awarded to help rapidly rehouse veterans and their families, prevent homelessness for veterans experiencing housing insecurity, incentivize landlords to rent to veterans struggling with housing and more.

The Senator also secured funding to provide veterans access to transitional housing and case management services to access additional support through the Grand Per Diem program.

As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Tester helped secure federal funding to support VA programs through the annual appropriations process, including those aimed at tackling veterans homelessness. Tester also secured his comprehensive Building Solutions for Veterans Experiencing Homelessness Act of 2021 into the federal funding bill last year to permanently cut red tape on capital grants provided by VA for organizations assisting veterans experiencing homelessness and establish pilot programs for vulnerable homeless veterans who have chronic health needs.

Continuing his fight to end veterans homelessness, Tester introduced the bipartisan Critical Health Access Resource and Grant Extensions Act of 2023 to protect measures currently being implemented by VA to curb veterans homelessness, including the GDP grant program.

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