Catholic Charities awarded grant to meet needs of vets

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Camden has been awarded a $744,740 grant from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs to conduct a one-year program to address the needs of low-income veterans in six counties of South Jersey.

The program is dubbed “Ready, Vet, Go” and will focus on housing needs.

During the one-year program, Catholic Charities intends to contact at least 1,250 low-income veterans and their families. About half of these are expected to be from Camden County, with the others divided among the five other counties of South Jersey.

The goal of “Ready, Vet, Go” will be to provide at least 400 veterans and their families with case management services focused on those at risk of becoming homeless. The program will also provide almost $180,000 in temporary financial assistance to veterans and their families who are waiting for approved VA benefits. These temporary payments would be in the form of rental payments, utility payments, security and utility deposits, moving costs and public transportation expenses.

Other parts of the program will focus on placing low-income veterans and their families in permanent housing and placement in jobs or job-training programs.

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