Mary Kate Feeney
Constituent Services Aide, Office of the Governor
Recently, Governor Patrick has held town meetings around the Commonwealth. While the Governor attempts to answer every question, time constraints do get in the way. For the next several posts I’ll be answering some of those questions from past town meetings.
What actions, if any, are being taken to address the problem concerning veteran homelessness?
In August 2009, the Patrick-Murray Administration announced that the Department of Veterans’ Services (DVS) had been awarded a series of U.S. Department of Labor grants totaling $2,047,342 to provide training, job placement and housing assistance to eligible veterans living in Massachusetts. The grants were awarded through the DOL Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program and the DOL Veterans’ Workforce Investment Program.
Together with the extensive network of veterans programs and services we have in place, DVS has been working to achieve three key objectives: assisting homeless veterans re-integrate into meaningful employment, providing assistance and support to move veterans towards more independent housing and working to stimulate the development of effective delivery systems addressing the problems and issues facing homeless veterans.
Additionally a subcommittee on Veterans Housing and Homelessness was recently created as a part of the Interagency Council on Housing and Homelessness chaired by Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray. This subcommittee has brought together a group of statewide leaders from all regions of the Commonwealth to work with executive branch agencies on these issues.
We encourage any veterans seeking assistance to contact their local Veterans’ Services officer or the Department of Veterans’ Services at 617-210-5480.
Women veterans can also contact the Women Veterans’ Network at 617-210-5755 regarding programs and assistance available specific to Bay State women veterans.
For more information about the Governor and Lieutenant Governor’s initiatives and work on veterans’ services and military issues, please visit our veterans initiatives page.
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