LAWRENCEVILLE -- A day after honoring soldiers on Veterans Day, leaders got to work to help them.
U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson and other dignitaries gathered at the Veterans of Foreign Wars hall in Lawrenceville Monday to announce a $1 million grant to aid veterans facing homelessness.
Three Atlanta area non-profits will share a $1 million U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs grant to help in a growing problem caused by a slow economy and housing problems.
?The VA has recognized that homelessness among veterans is such a complex issue that it is important to work with local experts and two of the best are Action Ministries and HOPE Atlanta," Isakson said of the grant partners, who will administrate the funds along with Travelers Aid of Metropolitan Atlanta. "I am confident that Georgia's veterans will have better lives because of the work of these two organizations."
HOPE Atlanta and Action Ministries have divided the metro area by counties to provide low-income families with case management and financial support, including rental assistance, help with employment, child care costs, utilities assistance and other housing-related expenses, a press release said. A total of 400 veterans will be served through the award.
Shon Brown, an Army veteran herself who works with Action Ministries, said 10 to 15 applicants have already sought out assistance with her organization, which is tasked with helping Gwinnettians.
She said the foreclosure crisis isn't the only issue for returning vets. They often have to deal with mental health issues and other problems.
"This is what we are here for," she said of steering those who served the country toward services and assistance.
John R. Moeller Jr., the president and CEO of Action Ministries, said the need is expected to grow as the number of veterans increases each year.
"Action Ministries has a strong track record of helping people transform their lives and we're honored to have been selected by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to work with our nation's veterans to help them tranform their lives."
Applications can be found at www.actionministries.net under the Housing tab under programs.