Costa Announces $175,000 to Keep Kern Veterans in Permanent Housing

Washington, DC- Rep. Jim Costa announced today that the California Veterans Assistance Foundation has been awarded $175,000 to help promote housing stability among low income veterans in Bakersfield and Kern County. The funds were awarded through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program. The California Veterans Assistance Foundation will use the funds to assist 70 households.

“Stemming the tide of homelessness among veterans and their families starts with keeping them in permanent housing,” said Costa. “The California Veterans Assistance Foundation is on the frontlines of combating homelessness among veterans in Bakersfield and Kern County. This grant is another step in our efforts to ensure that every veteran and their family have a place to call home.”

Debra Johnson, President of California Veterans Assistance Foundation, Inc. added, “CVAF is honored to be able to bring another component of financial assistance to at-risk and homeless veterans in our community. We are also pleased to work with Flood Bakersfield Ministries staff, who will be assisting us with the operations of the grant. We know that there is an increasing number of veterans in Bakersfield that live on low-incomes that struggle with paying deposits to get into housing and who rely on supportive service agencies to maintain their existence. Thank you to all of the agencies and organizations that provided letters of support to CVAF to get this funding.”

Under the Supportive Services for Veteran Families program, grant awardees will offer assistance to help very low income veterans and their family members stay in their homes. The funds can be used for outreach, case management, assistance in obtaining VA benefits and assistance in getting other public benefits.