18 October, 2011
Centerstone awarded $1 million grant by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to help at-risk Tennessee Veterans and their families
Nashville, Tenn.—Centerstone today announced the launch of a new Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program, which is being implemented in Middle Tennessee thanks to a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The one-year grant was awarded to Centerstone to provide support services to very low-income Middle Tennessee Veterans and their families and is part of nearly $60 million awarded nationwide.
Through the grant, Centerstone will help more than 200 very low-income Veteran families in 14 Middle Tennessee counties, who are at risk for homelessness, transition to or maintain permanent housing.
“Centerstone is honored to be chosen as one of the recipients of the SSVF grant,” said Dr. Bob Vero, CEO of Centerstone. “One of Centerstone’s primary goals is to support our nation’s military and their families – particularly as they make the tough transition back to civilian life. Therefore, we actively pursue grants and implement programs such as this one so we can provide these men and women with the support services that they may not otherwise receive, but definitely deserve.”
The grant identifies homelessness as a significant problem in the United States. According to Centerstone Research Institute, there are as many as 8,500 Veterans’ families at risk for homelessness right here in Middle Tennessee.
The SSVF program, one element of the VA’s larger plan to prevent and end homelessness among Veterans nationwide, awards grants to private non-profit organizations and consumer cooperatives, which can provide a range of supportive services to eligible Veteran families.
According to the grant, homeless individuals are often unemployed, unable to work or have such low incomes that they cannot afford housing – and these issues are often compounded by mental illness, substance abuse or physical conditions. Centerstone will use the grant to combat this problem in Tennessee by providing outreach services, case management services and assisting Veterans and their families in obtaining other VA and community benefits.
Centerstone will provide the grant-funded services to eligible Veterans and families in the following Tennessee counties: Cannon, Cheatham, Davidson, Dickson, Hickman, Macon, Montgomery, Robertson, Rutherford, Smith, Sumner, Trousdale, Williamson and Wilson.
Centerstone, a not-for-profit organization, has provided a wide range of mental health and addiction services to people of all ages for more than 50 years. Through more than 50 facilities and 160 partnership locations across Middle Tennessee, Centerstone serves nearly 50,000 children, adolescents, adults and seniors each year. Centerstone is accredited by CARF International. For more information about Centerstone, please call 888-291-4357.