Congressman Mike Turner is announcing a grant of $757,000 to St. Vincent de Paul Social Services, Inc. to help combat veterans’ homelessness. St. Vincent de Paul is a nonprofit organization, annually serving over 100,000 people in need. The grant, which comes from the Department of Veterans Affairs Supportive Services for Veterans Families program, will serve approximately 254 participant households throughout southwest Ohio. Specifically, households in Dayton and Kettering in Montgomery County, as well as those in Clark, Greene, Preble, Darke, and Miami Counties will benefit from this grant.

“Veterans often face a tough transition back to civilian life. Homelessness, unemployment, and other factors hit the veterans community harder than others. That’s why I’m proud to support organizations which seek to end veterans’ homelessness, and ensure we are supporting those who have given so much in service to our nation,” said Turner.

Under this grant program, participating organizations provide a range of services that promote housing stability, as well as connect veterans and their families to VA services, including health care, behavioral health care, and other benefits. Organizations are authorized under this program to offer temporary financial assistance on behalf of veterans to make rent payments, utility payments, security deposits and moving costs. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, a count conducted on a January night in 2012 found that there were at least 62,619 homeless Veterans nationwide.