Funding allocated for low-income veterans program

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WALLA WALLA — Low-income veterans and their families will continue to get assistance through Blue Mountain Action Council for another year.

The nonprofit agency was awarded $857,291 in federal money to continue the Supportive Service for Veterans program from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, according to a news release.

The funding is intended to help eligible veterans hang onto or get into permanent housing. The program began in September and has served 174 families in Washington, Oregon and Idaho by targeting very low-income veteran families who are already placed in or are moving to permanent housing.

The families receive case management to get resources such as health care, financial planning, transportation, child care, legal and housing counseling.

While veteran homelessness has decreased in the past six years, many families still are unaware of help such as this program, said Kathy Covey, community services director for Blue Mountain Action Council.

For more information call 529-4980 or go to 1520 Kelly Place, suite 140.

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