Erie nonprofit awarded $70,000 in state funding for veterans’ housing endeavors

HARRISBURG, March 27 – An Erie nonprofit organization dedicated to improving veterans’ housing opportunities will receive a $70,000 state grant, announced state Rep. Ryan A. Bizzarro, D-Erie.

Housing and Neighborhood Development Services is set to obtain the funds from the Pennsylvania Veterans’ Trust Fund, administered by the state Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.

“Pennsylvania has nearly 1 million veterans, but sadly, many of them struggle to find housing and reintegrate themselves back into civilian life once they return home from service,” Bizzarro said. “I am grateful to HANDS and to all other groups that help our homeless veterans, who have sacrificed so much for all of us. These funds will allow them to continue their important work and to expand their efforts.”

Bizzarro said HANDS aims to use the grant to provide housing for Erie’s low-income veterans and their families, in particular.

Fifty-five charitable and veterans’ organizations statewide applied for the grants. Ten were selected to receive a total of $350,000 in grant funding, and have identified an additional $10.4 million in matching funds to help improve the lives of veterans and their families across the commonwealth.

More information about the VTF, established in 2012, can be found online at www.vtf.state.pa.us