Bustos Announces New Grants To Help End Veterans Homelessness In Rock Island, Henry, Mercer & Peoria Counties

Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos announced the award of new grants that will help homeless and at-risk veterans and their families in Rock Island, Henry, Mercer and Peoria Counties.  These grants are awarded under the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program, a part of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  Details are below.

  • The Humility of Mary Shelter, Inc., serves Rock Island, Henry and Mercer Counties in Illinois and Scott County in Iowa and received a $280,025 grant award.  
  • The Salvation Army in Peoria received a $1,613,640 grant award.    

“Our brave veterans and their families have made tremendous sacrifices for us and we owe them our highest gratitude,” said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos.  “That is why I’m pleased to announce these important investments that will help our region’s homeless veterans and their families access the resources they need to get back on their own two feet.”

Under the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is awarding grants to private non-profit organizations and consumer cooperatives that provide services to very low-income veteran families living in – or transitioning to – permanent housing.  Those community organizations provide a range of services that promote housing stability among eligible very-low income veteran families (those making less than 50 percent of the area median income).  The grants announced today will fund the fourth year of the SSVF program.

Under the terms of the grants, homeless providers will offer veterans and their family members outreach, case management, assistance in obtaining VA benefits and assistance in receiving other public benefits.  Community-based groups can offer temporary financial assistance on behalf of veterans for rent payments, utility payments, security deposits and moving costs.