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Federal grants totaling +$2 million awarded to help Oklahoma's homeless veterans

Posted at 9:47 PM, Nov 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-11 23:36:07-05

TULSA, Okla. — Showing support on Veterans Day includes facing the trouble our country's heroes struggle with. For thousands of them, it is not having a place to call home. However, one nonprofit organization will house homeless veterans with a $2 million grant.

John Bierman, director of veteran housing for Volunteers of America, said, “Because of COVID, the shelters are limiting who they bring in. So, a lot of veterans are forced to live on the streets, under passes, or camping somewhere.”

Bierman and the team at Volunteers of America in Tulsa applied for a federal grant at the beginning of the year and recently found out they got it.

“This city just needs extra housing support. We just don’t have it,” Bierman said.

$1,000,000 is awarded for homeless veterans in Tulsa, $1.2 million will go to Oklahoma City for veteran housing and employment there.

Bierman said nationally, about 63,000 veterans suffer from homelessness every year.

Numbers by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development shows veteran homelessness in Oklahoma and the country is declining, but the goal is to end it altogether.

Homeless veterans in need of help in Tulsa can call 2-1-1 to be referred to the Volunteers of America.

For more information about Volunteers of America, click here.

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