Ministry seeks to help homeless veterans
by Mark Andrews
Dec 28, 2012 | 2169 views | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
While there are no veterans at this homeless camp behind a Cartersville business, the area in the past has housed homeless veterans. On Jan. 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Goodwill of North Georgia Career Center, the Supportive Services to Veterans Families Program will offer support information to homeless veterans. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News
While there are no veterans at this homeless camp behind a Cartersville business, the area in the past has housed homeless veterans. On Jan. 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Goodwill of North Georgia Career Center, the Supportive Services to Veterans Families Program will offer support information to homeless veterans. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News
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According to www.nationalhomeless.org, about 23 percent of the homeless population in the U.S. is made up of veterans. On Jan. 9, Action Ministries Housing will offer an in-person sign-up event in Cartersville to show homeless veterans what services they may qualify for through the Supportive Services to Veterans Families Program.

“We received a new, [U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs] $1 million grant, to assist homeless veterans and their families ... and Action Ministries has been assisting families with housing, education and food needs for many years,” SSVF Case Manager Andrell Turner said. “We realized there is a high percentage of homeless veterans and families among the homeless population so we wanted specifically to be able to target their lives, given their dedication to serving our country.”

The sign-up event will be held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Goodwill of North Georgia Career Center, 929 Joe Frank Harris Parkway, Cartersville.

“We want to not only provide assistance for rent and utilities, but some case management services for veterans for obtaining jobs,” Turner said. “They may not know what benefits they may be entitled to through the VA, ... like if they would like to return to school.”

The services also include security payments, moving costs, childcare and transportation expenses.

She added, “The main purpose with this particular program is for them to have permanent housing, not just a temporary shelter. For example, I [recently spoke] with a veteran who is staying in a hotel, having stayed under a bridge for a couple of years. I’ve got veterans who are living in tents, veterans who are living in their cars ... and we really want to help these veterans obtain housing.”

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

• Be a veteran who has served in any branch of the U. S. armed forces and did not receive a dishonorable discharge. Must have a copy of DD214, Statement of Service or Veteran ID card.

• Have low income (household income must not exceed 50 percent of area median income in applicant’s county). Must have recent proof of income or third party letter indicating the amount of monthly household income.

• Homeless (with no permanent residence, staying in a shelter, hotel paid for with a voucher, tent, or other place outdoors). Must have a letter from the shelter, receipt of hotel stay, or a statement from a third party to verify housing situation.

Turner said, however, the in-person application event is not the only time in which homeless veterans can seek assistance through SSVF.

“Even if [an interested party] is unable to make it to the in-person sign-up, we continuously have an application process, we’re just trying to make the application process a little easier by providing face-to-face help and providing answers in person,” Turner said.

For more information, contact 1-888-206-7372 or www.actionministries.net.