McMorris Announces $400,000 in Funding for VA Housing Project

Jan 04, 2009

(Washington, DC) –Congresswoman Cathy McMorris (WA-05) announced today that the Housing Authority of the City of Walla Walla was awarded a $400,000 grant through the Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care for Homeless Veterans program. The funding will go towards the construction of transitional housing that will provide 14 beds for homeless veterans.

“One of my top priorities it provide quality, affordable care to those who have served our country,” said McMorris, “These brave individuals helped protect our country and this grant will provide the necessary help and assistance to homeless veterans. We have an obligation to ensure that they have the highest quality of life possible when they come home; they deserve nothing less.”

A Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) was published on April 1, 2005 announcing the VA’s goal to award funds in the form of capital grants to aid homeless veterans. The objectives of the grant included funding for the acquisition, renovation, or construction of facilities to provide housing or supportive services for homeless veterans, as well as purchase vans to help transport the veterans. The Housing Authority of the City of Walla Walla will be constructing buildings at 1020 W. Chestnut and 918 W. Willow Street, which will provide room for 14 beds.

McMorris has taken numerous steps to ensure that veterans receive the care they deserve. She has toured the VA facility in Walla Walla, held meetings with the CARES Commission and Local Advisory Panel, contacted Veteran Affairs Secretary Jim Nicholson and other administration officials regarding the Veterans health care budget shortfalls, and is working with members of the northwest delegation to retain VA healthcare facilities.

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