$55,000 grant awarded to Dayton VA to help homeless veterans

The Dayton VA was awarded more than $55,000 in federal grants aimed at helping homeless veterans.

The money is part of a larger grant — more than $700,000 — the U.S. Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs awarded to the state of Ohio to help fight homelessness among veterans, HUD Secretary Julian Castro announced in a press release Thursday.

“Supporting the brave men and women who served our nation is not only our honor but also our responsibility,” Castro said. “Joining more than 111,000 former homeless veterans who have already found homes through this successful program, thousands more brave veterans will be able to start a new chapter in their lives. It’s a privilege to partner with communities dedicated to ensuring that no veteran has to call the streets their home.”

Dayton’s portion of the grant will help 15 homeless veterans, officials said. The $55,620 grant will provide rental assistance, allowing area veterans to use a maximum 30 percent of their income when renting private housing. Part of the grant will also cover case management and clinical supportive services for veterans, the release said.

The VA Medical Center will assess veterans who want to participate in the program before referring them to local housing agencies.