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Congressman Mike Honda

Representing the 17th District of California & Silicon Valley

Rep. Honda Announces $2.8 Million in Silicon Valley VA Grants

Funding awarded to three local organizations aiding at-risk vets
Jul 19, 2013
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – This morning, Rep. Mike Honda (D-Calif.) announced the awarding of $2.8 million in grants from the Department of Veterans Affairs to aid homeless and at-risk veterans and their families in Silicon Valley.  The funding will be spread across three organizations in the region – the Emergency Housing Consortium of Santa Clara County, Goodwill Industries of Santa Clara County, and Abode Services in Fremont.

Said Rep. Honda upon the announcement:  "These grants will provide vital services to the brave men and women and their families who have served our country honorably.  Reducing the VA backlog has been one of my chief goals in Congress, and as a member of the Appropriations Committee, I voted last month with colleagues from both parties to increase VA funding and ensure more claims processors are hired.  I will always fight to keep our nation's promises to our veterans."

"This funding will be instrumental in improving the lives of countless Santa Clara County veterans," said Mike Fox, Jr., head of Goodwill Industries in Silicon Valley.  "I am honored to continue working with Congressman Honda to ensure that in times of economic hardship, our servicemen and women and their families have all the support they need from our federal partners."

The grants were revealed by Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki this week as part of the VA's Supportive Services for Veteran Families program.  Of the Silicon Valley organizations, $2 million was awarded to Abode, $447,000 to Goodwill Industries, and just under $315,000 to the Emergency Housing Consortium.  Use of the funding will commence in fiscal year 2014.

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