Department of Veterans Affairs Renews United Way of Broward County's MISSION UNITED Grant for $2,040,000

August 25, 2014

United Way of Broward County announced today that its grant from the Supportive Services for Veterans Families (SSVF) Program, a division of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, has been renewed for a second year. This year’s grant is $2,040,000 and continues to further or advance United Way of Broward County’s veteran initiative, MISSION UNITED.

“We are beyond thrilled to have this amazing grant renewed for a second year,” said Kathleen Cannon, President & CEO of United Way of Broward County.  “Receiving this funding once again will allow us to continue to reach and support veterans in the Broward County community.”
 
MISSION UNITED is a critical program supporting US military service members, veterans and their families in Broward County by helping them re-acclimate to civilian life. Key focus areas include employment, education, health, legal assistance, emergency financial aid, and housing.  The grant provides for a host of essential services such as short-term rent assistance along with case management for families at-risk of homelessness or coming out of homelessness.  With a grant this large, MISSION UNITED will also be able to use the funds for every day purposes so many veterans need – security deposits for moving into a home, furniture, even food to fill a pantry, often for the first time.

Under the SSVF Program, the Veterans Administration awards grants to private non-profit organizations and consumer cooperatives, like  United Way of Broward County, that are dedicated to helping returning veterans.  Grantees provide eligible veteran families with outreach, case management and assistance in obtaining VA and other benefits such as health care services, daily living services and legal services.  In the first year of the SSVF program, MISSION UNITED  provided  more than 400 families with over $600,000 in temporary financial assistance.

About United Way of Broward County
United Way of Broward County is a volunteer driven, community-based, non-profit organization servicing Broward County for more than 75 years. United Way of Broward County mission is to focus and unite the entire community to create significant lasting change in the impact areas of Education, Income and Health, the building blocks for a better life, which positively impacts people’s lives. United Way of Broward County is the catalyst for change and convener of partnerships that unite the hearts, minds, and resources within the Broward community. For more information, visit www.UnitedWayBroward.org.

About United Way of Broward County's MISSION UNITED
MISSION UNITED is a critical program supporting US military service members, veterans and their families in Broward County by helping them re-acclimate to civilian life. Key focus areas include employment, education, health, legal assistance, emergency financial aid and housing. MISSION UNITED was created with multiple partners to align existing military services and create programs where there are gaps in support. For more information on MISSION UNITED, please call 954-4-UNITED or visit www.MissionUnited.org.


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