Omaha
8:19 am
Thu October 4, 2012

VA receives funds to help homeless veterans get housing, services

The VA of Nebraska-western Iowa has received two federal grants to help veterans move in to transitional housing.

One of the grants, worth $1.1 million dollars, was awarded to the Salvation Army of Omaha. It supports what’s known as a “transition in place” model. 25 homeless veterans will live at two apartment complexes in Omaha, where they’ll receive case management and other services.

Linda Twomey of the VA of Nebraska-western Iowa says veterans will remain in those apartments once their services end. “One of the issues behind homelessness is the lack of affordable housing, so the transitional housing, the emergency housing, the Section 8 allows us to provide affordable housing to the veterans who are homeless and low-income individuals.”

Twomey says most veterans receive case management and other services for nine to 12 months. She says 300 to 400 veterans in the VA of Nebraska-western Iowa area are homeless during a given year.

CenterPointe in Lincoln also received a grant to provide transitional housing for homeless veterans there.