WASHINGTON, D.C - New federal resources will provide critical support services for homeless and low-income veterans in Columbus. U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced that the Faith Mission, Inc., the Salvation Army, and the Volunteers of America of Great Ohio have been awarded new federal grants from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Supportive Service for Veteran Families (SSVF) program. The Faith Mission, Inc. received $459,067, the Volunteers of America of Great Ohio received $1,257,000, and the Salvation Army received $473,415. The grants will be used to provide supportive services to low-income veteran families living in or transitioning to permanent housing.  

“Our veterans have been promised that if they defend our country, a grateful nation will provide them with services and benefits they have earned,” Brown, a member of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, said. “These federal funds are a down payment on the promise to support those who have already given so much to our nation.”

The grant was awarded through the Supportive Services for Veteran Families program which aims to prevent and end homelessness among veterans. The Faith Mission, Inc. plans to serve approximately 164 participant households in Franklin County. The Salvation Army plans to serve approximately 100 participant households in Delaware, Madison, Marion, Morrow, and Union Counties. The Volunteers of America of Greater Ohio plans to serve approximately 320 participant households in the City of Columbus and the surrounding Franklin County.