Norman Moody, FLORIDA TODAY

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced Tuesday that Volunteers of America will receive a multimillion dollar grant to help veteran families avoid homelessness, $3 million of which will go to help veterans and their families in Brevard.

Volunteers of America operates Veterans Village in Cocoa, but the money will not go specifically to any program there, but will be used to expand services for homeless or soon-to-be homeless veterans in Brevard who are not currently being served. It will supplement the work already being done at Veterans Village, VOA spokesman David Burch wrote in an email.

Housing stability is the goal of the Supportive Services for Veteran Families programs.

The $3 million grant for Brevard is part of $23 million to Volunteers of America in eight states and is in addition to $25 million in grants announced in August for the organization. Grants announced today will fund 82 nonprofit agencies and will help 70,000 homeless and at-risk veterans and their families, including those in Brevard.

Some of the money could go for rent, utility-fee payment, security and utility deposit, moving costs, child care, transportation or emergency housing assistance.

 

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