Congressman Ami Bera Announces Over $1.26 Million Grant for Sacramento County Veterans | Congressman Ami Bera

Congressman Ami Bera Announces Over $1.26 Million Grant for Sacramento County Veterans

Sep 7, 2016
Press Release
Bera has Championed Veterans Issues in Congress and has Returned Over $1.8 Million in Owed Benefits to More than 1,700 CA-7 Vets

Sacramento – Today, Congressman Ami Bera (CA-7) announced that Volunteers of America of Greater Sacramento and Northern Nevada, Inc. has received a grant of $1,226,241 from the Department of Veterans Affairs under the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program. The funding is directed to help very low-income veteran families around the nation who are permanently housed or transitioning to permanent housing, as well as services to prevent homelessness for veterans and their families.

“We owe our veterans a debt of gratitude and respect for the sacrifices they've made to keep our country safe,” said Congressman Bera. “This investment from the VA in the Sacramento VOA will make a big difference for our veterans who need a helping hand. I’m proud to have the opportunity to secure these funds, and I’ll continue to fight to make sure that our vets have the resources they need to thrive when they return home.”

"Through this VA grant we will serve 220 at risk or homeless veteran households with financial assistance and case management. We are honored to continue to serve this population as they so honorably served our country," said Christie Holderegger, VP Volunteers of America Northern California and Northern Nevada.

This grant will allow the Sacramento VOA to continue to provide eligible veteran families with assistance in the form of obtaining VA and other benefits such as health care, income support services, financial planning, child care, legal services, transportation, and housing counseling. The VOA will continue to establish relationships with the local community to leverage supportive services that will enhance the housing stability of very low-income veteran families.

Congressman Bera has championed veterans’ causes in Congress, including fighting for more transparency at the VA. In Sacramento County, Bera’s office has held several resource workshops and career fairs specifically for veterans, and has helped more than 1,700 Sacramento County veterans with their government issues, returning over $1.8 million in owed benefits to veterans and their families.