The Veterans Administration has provided much needed additional funding to assist veterans during the COVID-19 pandemic. Volunteers of America was recently awarded a statewide three-month, $1.1 million grant for its Supportive Services for Veterans Families program to provide support to qualified veterans who are in need of temporary financial assistance to pay their rent and utility payments because of COVID-19.
“There are so many veterans and families in our community who are in need of immediate assistance,” said Chuck Meehan, president and CEO of Volunteers of America North Louisiana. “My hope is that we are able to alleviate their burdens during this difficult time.”
Please note that veterans must meet certain eligibility guidelines that include income limitations and veteran status eligibility. These resources are available in the following Louisiana parishes: Caddo, Bossier, DeSoto, Sabine, Natchitoches, Red River, Webster, Claiborne and Bienville. Resources are also available to those who live in the following counties in Arkansas: Little River, Miller, Columbia, Union and Lafayette. A veteran is eligible regardless of branch of armed forces that the veteran served.
“We are proud to serve those who first served us,” said Meehan. “For a decade, we have worked closely with the Overton Brooks VA Medical Center to provide a continuum of support services to veterans in need.”
For information on receiving services, contact (318) 221-5000 or SSVF@voanorthla.org.