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    New Jersey Homeless Veterans to Receive Almost $900,000 in Federal Funds

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    New Jersey homeless veterans will be receiving $895,821 in federal grants from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program, US Senators Robert Menendez and Cory Booker said in a press release on Monday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The federal grant comes as part of a $60 million HUD-VASH program that started in 2008 to help homeless veterans across all 50 US states, stabilize their lives and gain housing and medical support.

    “US Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker today announced $895,821 in federal funding to help homeless veterans in New Jersey find supportive services and a place to call home,” the release read.

    "No one who has served our nation should find themselves living on the streets,” Sen. Menedez said. “I applaud this funding, because it helps ensure vets in New Jersey will receive the shelter, services, and support they need and deserve."

    The funding will be given on the basis of a demonstrated need in areas with high numbers of homeless veterans, in coordination with local housing authorities and US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities. Those eligible will be provided with permanent housing, case management and clinical assistance, according to the release.

    “We are all deeply indebted to our heroes in uniform and it’s our duty and obligation to ensure they have a place to call home. This funding is essential to helping us support New Jersey’s homeless veterans,” Sen. Booker added as stated in the release.

    According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, around 50,000 of the 580,000 homeless people in the United States are veterans, many of whom suffer many medical and mental health problems.

    “Since 2010, nearly 230,000 veterans and their family members have been supported by HUD’s targeted housing vouchers and VA homelessness programs designed to permanently house, rapidly rehouse, or prevent families from falling into homelessness,” a White House press release read on Monday.

    US President Barack Obama has pledged to not just address veterans’ homelessness, but to end it, according to the White House.

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