From left to right: Pittsfield Police Chief Mike Wynn, Soldier On CEO Jack Downing, Pittsfield Mayor Dan Bianchi, executive director of Berkshire County Regional Housing Authority Brad Gordon and Jay Sacchetti of ServiceNet met at City Hall to announce the funding Friday.
ELMSFORD – The Department of Veterans Affairs will spend $2.4 million to prevent at-risk Hudson Valley veterans from becoming homeless. A $1.89 allocation will go to the Westchester Community Opportunity Program to serve 450 families and a $500,000 investment will be used by Hudson River Housing to serve 250 families through the Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program.
Yesterday, Lieutenant Gov. Timothy Murray announced that from January 2010 to January 2012, Massachusetts saw a drop in its homeless rate among veterans by 26%. That national rate of decline for the same period was 17%.
The Department of Veterans Affairs says it is making progress in reducing the number of homeless veterans in the country. But the critical need was evident at an event Friday in Springfield Massachusetts. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.
Hundreds of veterans looking for help filed into a church social hall for an opportunity to speak with representatives from more than 60 agencies and programs, including health care providers, counseling services, and housing specialists. There were free meals and each could leave with a bag of clothes.
Military veterans who risked their lives for their country are having an increasingly difficult time finding a job when they return home. Local organizations with help from federal agencies are trying to help unemployed veterans find jobs in western Massachusetts. WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.