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Kentucky Awarded Grant to Create Veteran Transportation Call Center

Gov. Steve Beshear says a federal grant has been approved that will help veterans find local, affordable transportation services, but it may be a year before the program is in place.

“So many veterans that are struggling to get their bills paid and just making ends meet, transportation often goes first,” said Pat McKiernan, Kentucky’s Department of Veterans Affairs homeless outreach coordinator.

“They can’t afford to pay their car. They can’t afford to get their insurance. So therefore they’re focusing on just keeping the lights on, keeping the rent paid, and this kind of transportation is essential,” he said.

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Louisville Receives Funding to Help Homeless Veterans

Louisville has received $120,000 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to help its homeless veterans.

Since 2008, HUD has provided vouchers through its Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program to help subsidize housing for homeless veterans in all 50 states. In Louisville they’ve partnered with the Louisville Metro Housing Authority.

This will allow 25 veterans who currently receive services at the Robley Rex V.A. to receive vouchers to help pay for cheap housing. Veterans will be asked to contribute up to 30 percent of their paycheck for rent, depending on their income.

“It’s a heck of a good program because along with getting the vouchers, the V.A. will provide case management,” said Tim Barry, executive director for the Louisville Metro Housing Authority.

In the Louisville area, 225 veterans have had the chance to be part of this program since it began, he said.

The Housing Authority of Lexington and the Kentucky Housing Corporation each received 25 vouchers as well. Kentucky was granted a total of $349,062.

This is the first round of vouchers distributed for 2011. Another round is expected at the end of summer.