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Veterans Outreach Center awarded $1 million grant

A grant of more than $1 million has been awarded for Rochester’s Veterans Outreach Center, through the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program. The money will assist local veterans with housing stability, prevent veterans’ homelessness, and provide mental health care and other vital services.

Rep. Louise Slaughter of Fairport, who announced the grant Thursday, said it will be crucial in connecting veterans with key services.

“The Veterans Outreach Center in Rochester does tremendous work every day to assist veterans in numerous ways, and this grant of over $1 million will help the center serve more than 550 households in Monroe, Wayne, Livingston, Ontario, and Orleans counties,” she said.

This is the third year SSVF grants have helped veterans and their families find or remain in their homes. Last year, VA provided about $100 million to assist approximately 50,000 veterans and family members. Nearly 90 percent of the Veterans who completed the program in 2012 transitioned to permanent housing, according to the release.