Maloney and Gibson Announce Investment to Help Homeless Veterans and Their Families in the Hudson Valley
Poughkeepsie, NY – Representatives Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) and Chris Gibson (NY-19) announced that Hudson River Housing will receive $511,035 from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to prevent at-risk veterans from becoming homeless and rapidly re-house those who have recently fallen into homelessness throughout the Hudson Valley. This investment will serve 125 Hudson Valley veterans and their families through the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program, which provides a range of services that promote housing stability and play a key role in connecting veterans and their families to VA services such as mental health care and other benefits.
“It is both tragic and shameful that thousands of veterans are homeless on any given night across New York and in the Hudson Valley – as the son of a veteran, I know we can do better and this investment is a step in the right direction for the veterans in our community who deserve more from the country they fought so hard to defend,” said Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, son of a Navy veteran. “Our work will continue until not even one veteran falls asleep on our streets.”
"As a 24 year Army veteran, ensuring that our country honors its promises to our veterans is a top priority for me. This is particularly important for our veterans who are struggling. Today's announcement, combined with major reforms being signed into law last week, are moving us in the right direction," said Congressman Chris Gibson. "I will continue to work with my colleagues and our veterans' advocates to continue this important mission."
“We are thrilled that with this federal funding through the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program we are able to assist more of our veterans find housing this year than ever before and meet our goal of helping more than 125 veteran families in Dutchess County find a home,” said Ed Murphy, Executive Director of Hudson River Housing.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) estimates that 57,849 veterans are homeless on any given night in the United States, including 4,659 veterans in New York. Although 7% of the general population can claim veteran status, nearly 13% of the homeless adult population are veterans.
In June, Rep. Maloney toured Hudson River Housing in Poughkeepsie and visited with local veterans who found housing through the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program. In 2013, Rep. Maloney announced a $500,000 investment in the Hudson River Housing program to serve 250 families through the VA Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program.