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Tyler Salvation Army announces emergency Veterans' Assistance Program

Tyler Salvation Army announces emergency Veterans' Assistance Program
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According to current national statistics, Veterans are twice as likely as any other American to become homeless. The unemployment rate for recently discharged Veterans is nearly three times the national average. In East Texas, according to our most recent Community Needs Assessment conducted by the East Texas Human Needs Network, 37 percent of Veterans interviewed were living below the poverty line. 34 percent were living in temporary housing, and eight percent were homeless. 71 percent stated that they were struggling financially.

To address this alarming trend and to fulfill our mission to meet human needs in His name without discrimination, The Salvation Army in Tyler has accepted $150,000 in grants through the Texas Veterans Commission Fund for Veterans Assistance Series XIV-B to provide emergency financial assistance to prevent and end homelessness for Veterans and their families. Those who are homeless or at risk of being homeless can begin establishing eligibility for assistance now by calling Indus McDuff at 903-592-4361 ext. 77533.

The Emergency Veterans’ Assistance Program (EVAP) goal is to rapidly transition program participants to housing stability through the clients’ own means, links to community resources and mainstream benefits, and development of a plan to prevent future instability. The two program areas will include homeless prevention and rapid re-housing with the goals of assisting Veterans and their families to obtain and/or remain in permanent housing, achieve housing stability, and/or prevent future instability. Types of financial assistance include rent, utility, deposit, and mortgage assistance.

It is important to note that 100% of this funding is providing direct assistance to veterans and their families. The administrative and operational costs of the program are being absorbed by The Salvation Army in Tyler. There is a great need for financial donations from the community to cover these costs and ensure that we can successfully prevent and end homelessness for our friends and neighbors who have selflessly put their lives on the line to protect and serve our country.

In order to receive financial assistance or services funded by the Texas Veterans Commission, veterans and their dependents must qualify for the program. Criteria include, but is NOT limited to, the following:

  • Have an initial consultation with a case manager or other authorized representative.
     
  • The household must be at or below 100 percent of the area median income.
     
  • The household must either be homeless or at risk of losing housing with no appropriate subsequent housing options identified and lacking the financial resources and support networks needed to obtain immediate housing or remain in existing housing.

For more information or to make an appointment for initial screening, contact Indus McDuff, EVAP Case Manager at 903-592-4361 ext. 77533.

About The Salvation Army in Tyler

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 117 years within Smith County. We serve over 11,400 individuals annually through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 87 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in the East Texas community. For more information, go to www.salvationarmytyler.org.

Funding provided through the Texas Veterans Commission Fund for Veterans Assistance Series XIV-B

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