Even though the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has sought an end to homelessness among veterans for years, it remains a serious issue for veterans around the country. That problem exists in every city, and Tampa is no different. Just how bad that problem has become, and how to address that problem is currently being addressed in Tampa by both local communities and federal agencies.
Many soldiers are returning to an economy with multiple problems. First, many soldiers are not able to find work, which is evidenced by the current unemployment rate among veterans. Second, the state of the economy is such that many soldiers are returning to spouses who are out of work.
The Veterans Homelessness Prevention Demonstration Project (VHPDP)–a pilot program that launched in March–was developed to help the entire family. The VHPDP, along with the Tampa Crossroads, provides a grant to soldiers’ families to allow them to move to a new home within their price range and prevent the family from being put on the streets.
One unfortunate characteristic for veterans returning from Afghanistan and Iraq is they are becoming homeless at a faster rate than veterans from other conflicts. Florida has particular problems with homelessness, however. Of all the homeless veterans in this country, 50% of them live in Florida, California, New York, and Texas.
There are eligibility requirements veterans must meet to qualify for the grant. Given the amount of homeless veterans in Tampa, the project should be able to provide help to numerous veterans and their families.
If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, contact LaVan & Neidenberg. You may be entitled to certain programs and benefits so contact our veterans disability rights firm today.