Two area organizations are in line to receive grant money to prevent homelessness among veterans. The Greater Wheeling Coalition for the Homeless will get more than $130,000 to help 25 households in the Northern Panhandle, while The Helping Heroes of Moundsville will receive more than $185,000 to help 31 participants in Brooke, Hancock, Marshall, Ohio and Wetzel Counties.
"The thought of any veteran living in the streets is heartbreaking, and it's unacceptable. We owe our brave men and women, who served our nation so bravely and selflessly, the opportunity to have a place they can call home," said U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller, the longest serving member of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs. "This funding is an important investment in the future and well-being of our West Virginia veterans and their families, and it is a way for us to show our veterans we are grateful for their service."
According to a press release, the funding, from the Department of Veterans Affairs Supportive Services for Veteran Families program, will help non-profits and consumer cooperatives that provide services for low-income veterans and veteran families living in or transitioning to permanent housing.