Chautauqua Opportunities of Dunkirk to Receive More Than $300,000 in VA Funds

September 27, 2013 Updated Jul 27, 2011 at 6:19 PM EDT

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Chautauqua Opportunities of Dunkirk to Receive More Than $300,000 in VA Funds

September 27, 2013 Updated Jul 27, 2011 at 6:19 PM EDT

Washington D.C. (WKBW release) -- New York Senator Charles E. Schumer on Wednesday announced that Chautauqua Opportunities, Inc. in Dunkirk is set to receive $306,578 in Veterans Affairs Supportive Services for Veteran Families program to serve approximately 105 participant households in the region.

Specifically, the funds will allow Chautauqua Opportunities to provide financial assistance to veterans in relation to their housing, administer support services and manage casework.

The SSVF program is a new VA initiative that awards grants to private non-profit organizations and consumer cooperatives who will provide supportive services to low-income Veterans and their families residing in or transitioning to permanent housing. The grantees selected will provide a range of supportive services designed to promote housing stability.

“The bottom line is that even one homeless veteran is too many,” said Schumer. “These funds will allow the Chautauqua Opportunities to prevent homelessness amongst our nations heroes in Chautauqua County, and will serve over 105 families in the region. I applaud the VA in their new Supportive Services for Veteran Families initiative to help veterans and their families find transitional and permanent housing, and am proud that Dunkirk’s Chautauqua Opportunities will continue its honorable service with these funds.”

Chautauqua Opportunities will serve 105 veteran households with case management services and temporary financial assistance. Case management will include frequent contact with COI’s Self-Sufficiency Facilitators; access to specialized services in the areas of financial literacy, budget and credit counseling, housing search and counseling, and child care. Chautauqua Opportunities will aid in referral to the Chautauqua County Veterans Service Agency for assistance in accessing veterans benefits and referral to other agencies such as the local Department of Social Services for other benefit services. COI’s temporary financial assistance for rents, utility fee payments, security or utility deposits, storage fees associated with moving, child care, and transportation will stabilize the household.

The VA received approximately 400 applications in response to the SSVF Program Notice of Fund Availability published in December 2010. Chautauqua Opportunities is one of the final 85 grant recipients selected through a competitive, points-based, review process in which each application was scored using the criteria contained in the regulations that govern the program.