Thursday, August 10, 2017

Why Is The VA Cutting Funding For Homeless Veterans?

Phoenix program for homeless veterans could get funding reprieve from VA
The Republic
Brenna Goth
Aug. 9, 2017

Officials at Phoenix's largest homeless shelter for single adults are encouraged by — but wary of — a national reprieve in funding cuts for programs serving veterans.
A grant program run by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs recently shifted focus from funding temporary, transitional housing to paying for permanent housing. The changes have elicited concerns throughout the country in recent months from programs that no longer qualify.

Roughly $500,000 is at stake for Central Arizona Shelter Services, or CASS, near downtown Phoenix.

The organization has received the money for at least a decade to provide hundreds of veterans with services to end their homelessness, according to CEO Mark Holleran.

But earlier this year, Holleran said VA officials told him the department would no longer fund the program.

The VA would not confirm the status of CASS' grant to The Arizona Republic.
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