homeless veterans

New England News
4:03 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Outreach Event Set for Region's Veterans

More than 300 homeless military veterans sought help at last year's Veterans Stand-Down in Springfield, MA.
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Officials announced details today for a new outreach effort to help military veterans across western Massachusetts.

   The first-ever Western Massachusetts Veterans Expo will be held Thursday, Oct.9 in the MassMutual Convention Center in downtown Springfield. 180 agencies, non-profit organizations, businesses and educational institutions will be present at the expo, which will run from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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New England News
4:26 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Soldier On Receives $3 Million To Help At-Risk Veterans in Berkshire County

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An organization working to support veterans throughout the region has received nearly $13 million in grant renewals along with additional funding from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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New England News
1:10 pm
Sun August 17, 2014

University Of Vermont Gets $1.7 Million To Help Homeless Vets

A program at the University of Vermont that helps homeless veterans and their families is slated to receive a federal grant of nearly $1.7 million.

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, announced the grant last week, saying it is part of $300 million in funding to help community agencies that provide aid to veterans.

Nationwide, homelessness among veterans declined 24 percent from 2010 to 2013. Sanders says the grants will help roughly 115,000 veterans who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness.

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Hudson Valley News
9:37 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Transitional Home For Veterans Opens In Kingston

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A number of elected officials will gather Wednesday afternoon in Ulster County, New York for the opening of a transitional home for veterans. 

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New England News
6:16 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Springfield Commemorates Memorial Day

Gumercindo Gomez, a Vietnam veteran, placed a wreath at the Vietnam War memorial in Court Square in Springfield, MA
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Memorial Day observances are under way in western Massachusetts,where the holiday weekend will feature parades and solemn ceremonies.

The city of Springfield commemorated Memorial Day Friday afternoon with an annual ceremony under an overcast sky.  After short speeches on the steps of city hall, a group of elected officials and military veterans placed wreaths at the five war memorials across the street in Court Square. The procession was led by JROTC color guards from each of the city’s four high schools.

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New England News
1:57 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Donation Secures Emergency Beds In Pittsfield

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.
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A donation of $45,000 from Berkshire Health Systems will secure overnight crisis beds in Pittsfield this winter.

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New England News
6:22 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

New Partnership To Help Homeless Veterans

A Massachusetts-based veterans outreach organization and a Springfield anti-poverty agency have been awarded a federal grant for a partnership to help homeless veterans in western Massachusetts.

   Soldier On and Springfield Partners for Community Action will use $757,000 to provide help to veterans and their families who are homeless or at imminent risk of becoming homeless.  Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal, who announced the federal grant in Springfield on Monday, said the objective is to help people who have served their country get back on their feet.

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Hudson Valley News
8:09 am
Tue July 16, 2013

VA To Fund $2 Million To Aid Homeless Veterans

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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.

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New England News
5:51 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Homelessness Declining Among Vets in Mass.

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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%.

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New England News
3:45 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

Help Offered To Homeless Veterans In Western Massachusetts

Veterans seek help at the "Western Massachusetts Stand Down" held in the Greek Cultural Center at St.George's Church in Springfield MA

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.

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