About every sixth homeless person in Pinellas County is a veteran. And for the third year in a row, the Department of Veterans Affairs is sending money to the St. Vincent de Paul Society to bring those numbers down.
The VA announced Monday it will funnel $1.5 million through St. Vincent de Paul for Pinellas vets, and a like amount for Hillsborough County, trying to keep roofs over the heads of 800 veterans and their families.
St. Vincent de Paul, working with other social service agencies, will provide temporary rent payments, utility payments and security deposits as well as help with receiving VA benefits and other public assistance.
"Homelessness among our veteran population is completely unacceptable in this country,'' St. Vincent de Paul CEO Michael Raposa said in a release. "Today's news is only the beginning of good things to come.''
The grant was part of $300 million the VA is distributing nationwide this year, as part of a concerted push that began in 2009 to eliminate homelessness among veterans by 2015.
Last year, St. Vincent de Paul received $1.5 million just for Pinellas and served 400 veterans.
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