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Nearly $500,000 Grant to Help Homeless and At-Risk Veterans With Bills, Moving Costs

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The Kitchen Inc

A recently awarded grant allows the Kitchen, Inc. to continue providing temporary financial assistance for homeless and at-risk veterans and their families.

The more than $490,000 grant from the Veterans Administration was announced Wednesday and will go toward the Kitchen’s Home at Last program, which offers support services for veteran families.

Roz Palmer is the organization’s community development manager.

“There is such a need. We have served 348 veterans households since the Home at Last program began in 2013.”

She says while the number of homeless veterans has decreased 16 percent locally since last year, there’s still a need.

“That grant will help provide temporary financial assistance for rent payments, utility payments, security deposits and moving costs to the homeless and at-risk veterans and their families,” said Palmer.

The areas served through the program are Greene, Christian and Webster counties.

Since it began applying for VA assistance, Palmer says the Kitchen has received close to $1.5 million in grant money for the Home at Last program.

In this latest round of grants, a total of seven nonprofits in Missouri received funding from the VA’s Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program totaling more than $5.1 million.