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Congressman Gene Green

Representing the 29th District of Texas

VA Announces Harris County Grant Recipients to Combat Homelessness Among Veterans

July 11, 2013
Press Release

Washington, DC – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has just announced that five Houston/Harris County organizations have been awarded over $6 million in FY13 grants under the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program to help 1,900 veteran households.  

Congressman Green stated, “Our veterans bravely and selflessly served our country and it is our duty to take care of them and make sure they receive the best treatment and service possible.  Homelessness and mental health issues are very serious and I am glad we have such a strong support network in the Houston and Harris County area.  The Supportive Services for Veteran Families program funds will help us reach out to even more of our veterans.”

The SSVF Program supports the VA’s efforts to prevent at-risk veterans from becoming homeless and rapidly re-housing those who have recently fallen into homelessness by providing a range of services that promote housing stability and play a key role in connecting veterans and their family members to VA services such as mental health care and other benefits.  

The grants have been awarded to 319 community agencies across the United States and the nearly $300 million in grants will help approximately 120,000 homeless and at-risk veterans and their families.  Nearly 90 percent of the veterans who completed the program in 2012 transitioned to permanent housing.  

Grantees serving Harris County included: Goodwill Industries of Houston, Salvation Army, United States Veterans Initiative, Neighborhood Centers, and Career and Recovery Resources Inc.  More information can be found at

Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) FY2013 Grant Recipients
Organization Grant Participants Served
Goodwill Industries of Houston, Inc. $2,000,000                1,000
Neighborhood Centers Inc. $1,567,780                   325
Salvation Army, a Georgia Corporation $1,044,581                   250
Career and Recovery Resources, Inc. $885,998                   170
United States Veterans Initiative $557,610                   156
Total $6,055,969                1,901