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08-02-04, 12:32 PM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

VA Accepting Applications for Homeless Program Grants
WASHINGTON (August 2, 2004) - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
announced today it is making $17.4 million available to address long-term
homelessness under VA's Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem Program.

"VA is committed to treating homeless veterans' illnesses and to providing
assistance to community partners who lend them a helping hand," said
Secretary of Veterans Affairs Anthony J. Principi. "This effort is a
continuation of President Bush's campaign to end chronic homelessness in
America."

This funding will allow VA to continue its technical assistance to
non-profit community and faith-based groups who specialize in providing
support to homeless veterans. Additionally, this will be the first time VA
will offer funding specifically for veterans with special needs, to include
the frail and elderly, the chronically mentally ill and women veterans who
care for minor dependents.

In the past ten years, VA has awarded more than 300 grants to public,
nonprofit and faith-based groups in all 50 states and the District of
Columbia to provide transitional housing, service centers and vans that
provide transportation to services and employment.

The deadline for applications is August 17, 2004. To obtain a grant
application, contact the Grant and Per Diem Program toll-free at
1-877-332-0334 or download the application from VA's Homeless Assistance
Programs and Initiatives Web page at http://www.va.gov/homeless. The
application package contains all required forms and certifications.
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