Rep. Ruben Gallego Statement on VA Grants to Address Veteran Homelessness

Washington, DC — (RealEstateRama) — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced more than $300 million in grant awards under the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program to help low-income veteran families prevent homelessness.

Congressman Ruben Gallego
Congressman Ruben Gallego

Veterans’ support programs in Arizona will receive more than $8 million in funding under the program to support outreach, case management, and other assistance to prevent veteran homelessness and rapidly re-house those who do become homeless.

Rep. Ruben Gallego issued the following statement:

“When I returned from Iraq, I saw friends and fellow Marines struggle to find employment and steady housing. Readjusting to civilian life isn’t easy. Too many veterans and their families find themselves without a place to live as they tackle the mental, physical and social challenges that veterans face when they return from combat duty.

“I am glad that this new funding from the VA will help the many Arizona organizations who are working so hard to help prevent and eliminate veteran homelessness.”

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Congressman Ruben Gallego

Congressman Ruben Gallego is the son of Hispanic immigrants, a veteran, and a community leader. He was the first in his family to attend college, graduating from Harvard University with a degree in International Relations. He later joined the Marine Corps, serving in Iraq with the well-known combat unit Lima 3/25.

Congressman Gallego was elected to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2010, and served until 2014. He represented District 27, which covers much of Phoenix. He rose quickly in the state legislature, serving as Assistant Minority Leader. Congressman Gallego became known for his tough stand against extreme legislation pushed by Republicans in the state legislature. He led the opposition to the discriminatory SB 1062, which Governor Jan Brewer ultimately vetoed. As a state legislator, Congressman Gallego also led the push for Medicaid expansion and to secure in-state tuition for veterans.

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