Shelter Network, a nonprofit that provides services for homeless people on the Peninsula, has been awarded a federal grant of $753,399 for a new program to help homeless veterans and their families, and those at risk of becoming homeless.
Much of the support will be provided at Haven Family House in Menlo Park, said Chris Canter, director of development for Shelter Network.
The grant is part of $60 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs given to 85 nonprofit agencies across the country with a goal to reach 22,000 low-income veterans and their families over the next year.
Some 18 percent of Shelter Network clients are veterans, according to spokesperson Maria Duzon.
Shelter Network works with the VA to serve homeless veterans at its adult shelter in Redwood City and four family facilities, she said. Shelter Network, which will launch the new program in the fall, will partner with Samaritan House, a human services agency based in San Mateo, to implement parts of the program.
In addition to food and board, Shelter Network helps with job and housing searches, gives life skills workshops, and provides medical and mental health services. Shelter Network also finances supportive services such as childcare, transportation and rental assistance.
Visit va.gov/homeless/ssvf.asp for more information about the program called Supportive Services for Veteran Families.