Monterey County

Programs helping local veterans get financial boost

CENTRAL COAST, Calif. - Several programs supporting veterans on the Central Coast are getting some financial help from the federal government, according to Congressman Sam Farr's office.

On Thursday, Farr's office said millions of dollars are being awarded by the Department of Veterans Affairs to help organizations providing housing assistance to low-income veteran families.

"No one should ever experience homelessness and certainly not Veterans and their families," said Farr. "Organizations such as the Veterans Transition Center of Monterey County have been able to enroll and house hundreds of veterans over the last two years because of SSVF funding. I'm proud to support the SSVF program and I'm very pleased to see this funding headed to the Central Coast to uplift our veterans and their families."

The Housing Resource Center of Monterey County got $509,434, the Homeless Services Center in Santa Cruz County got $470,091, Goodwill Industries of Santa Clara County received $427,894 and Vietnam Veterans of California, Inc. got more than $4 million.

"This is outstanding news for the Central Coast, but there's still more work to do. We know there are more Veterans who need our support. While I'm retiring from Congress at the end of the year, I'll continue advocating for the VA, cities, towns, local elected officials, landlords, housing authorities, organizations and others to develop innovative solutions to serve our veterans and their families. We must maintain our urgency and help those Veterans who served and sacrificed for all of us. It's our turn to help them," added Farr.

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