Grant Awarded to Address Veterans and Homelessness
Tuesday, February 05, 2019
GROW South Dakota will be able to expand its pilot program to support low-income veterans and veterans at risk of homelessness in South Dakota with various housing-related services thanks to a recent grant. The Bring Them HOMES Veterans Initiative of the National Equity Fund supported the creation of the program with a 2017 grant and added additional funds in early 2019. The contribution was funded by Citi Community Development.
Under the program, GROW SD focuses on two general areas: home improvements for low-income veterans and emergency services grants for low-income veterans and those at risk of homelessness. The funding allows GROW SD to assist veterans in rehabilitating their homes to make them safer, healthier, and more energy efficient. Emergency services grants will support approximately 40 veterans who face crisis situations and urgent need to make payments for such needs as rent or utilities bills. Currently, GROW SD has a long waiting list for veterans needing assistance with home improvements. This pilot project will assist approximately five homeowners.
“We’re very grateful to receive this additional funding,” said Marcia Erickson, GROW SD CEO. “Supporting veterans with housing needs is such an important program.” GROW SD continues to seek additional funding for the program.
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