Veterans facing homelessness can now apply for emergency funding from New York State.
The New York State Department of Veterans’ Services (DVS) has launched a Veterans Emergency Housing Assistance Fund to provide up to $2,000 for those in need. Eligible housing needs include those whose homes were damaged by a fire or natural disaster, home renovations for veterans with disabilities, temporary shelter, rent, and more.
New York State Department of Veterans’ Services Commissioner Viviana DeCohen said, “No person who served our country should ever face homelessness or housing insecurity. As a United States Marine Corps Veteran myself, however, I know that too many Veterans across our nation confront these hardships. If a Veteran faces these challenges, they need a battle buddy to step up and walk the road ahead with them. Thanks to Governor Hochul and the creation of this Veterans Emergency Housing Assistance Fund, New York State will be that battle buddy for the Veterans of the Empire State.”
The fund will be operated as a pilot program through 2024 with $200,000 available to eligible veterans on a first-come, first-serve basis. After the pilot phase is finished the DVS will assess how the program was used and find the most effective way to continue it.
Applications are available at veterans.ny.gov.