Pinellas County shelter awarded federal funding to assist homeless veterans
CLEARWATER| The Homeless Emergency Project has received a federal grant that will cover 16 housing vouchers for Pinellas County veterans.
The United States departments of Housing and Urban Development and Veterans Affairs are jointly distributing $7 million to 24 public housing agencies across the country in an effort to help nearly 1,000 homeless veterans find permanent housing.
In June 2012, HEP opened its West Apartment Complex, which houses both male and female veterans in 32 fully furnished one-bedroom, one-bath apartments. They receive case management, on-site medical and mental health care, transportation to Bay Pines VA Hospital and more.
The Pinellas County Housing Authority, one of two Florida entities to receive the federal funding, awarded the vouchers to HEP.
HEP chief operating officer Libby Stone said the agency will use the funds to expand existing housing and service offerings in Pinellas, which she said has the state’s third largest veteran population.
HEP says it served 508 veterans last year, including 67 who did tours in Afghanistan and 76 in Iraq.