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Veterans Outreach receiving $1 million-plus

A federal grant of slightly more than $1 million is being awarded to the Rochester Veterans Outreach Center to help local veterans with housing stability, prevent homelessness and provide mental health care and other vital services.

The grant, through the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Supportive Services for Veteran Families program, was announced Monday by Rep. Louise Slaughter of Fairport.

“The Veterans Outreach Center in Rochester has been a crucial partner in serving our veterans — helping to serve more than 550 households in Monroe, Wayne, Livingston, Ontario and Orleans counties,” Slaughter said. “Now more than ever we have an obligation to ensure we provide for those who have protected our country from harm.”

The SSVF program supports VA’s efforts to prevent at-risk veterans from becoming homeless and rapidly re-house those who have recently fallen into homelessness. This is the third year SSVF grants have helped veterans and their families find or remain in their homes.