Rochester’s Veterans Outreach Center Receives $1 Million Grant
By Tara Grimes
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Rochester’s Veterans Outreach Center is receiving a boost of more than $1 million to help local heroes. The grant was announced Monday by Congresswoman Louise Slaughter.
For the past three years, a grant through the Department of Affairs’ Supportive Services for Veterans Families Program has helped thousands of veterans, and now the center is hoping a renewal of the grant will help at least 600 more.
“It’s pretty exciting for us,” said Veterans Outreach Center Executive Director Todd Baxter. “It’s the way we like to do business, and it’s real. I mean, it’s right here on South Avenue helping local veterans with local people and providers.”
The funding is aimed at helping local veterans with housing stability and either getting out of or preventing homelessness. It will also connect them to vital services such as mental health care and other benefits.
“The main goal of the SSVF Grant is it’s a housing first model,” said Veterans Outreach Center community based technical support project manager. “So we want to get the veteran’s family in a house first and then we want to coordinate all of the supportive services around the family, whether it’s employment or whether it’s financial counseling, whether it’s wellness, health care, making sure that family is enrolled in VA health care, then that family is in a place to sustain that permanent housing situation.”
With this money, Baxter hopes to give back to those who have given us their all.
“The federal government, I thank them so much to give that faith and trust in us to do our job at the local level,” Baxter said.
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