Govt. Beshear: Kentucky Receives National Homeless Veterans Program Award

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Governor Andy Beshear has commended the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs (KDVA) for the department, its staff, and national state recognition for their efforts to end veteran homelessness . Donald Ramey, assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, on Wednesday presented KDVA with an Abraham Lincoln Pillars of Excellence Award from the National Association of Veteran State Directors (NASDVA).

“We are proud of Veterans Affairs and their hardworking team for putting our brave men and women first who answered the call to protect this country,” Governor Beshear said. “None of our brave veterans should be rough sleeping and I appreciate their work in ensuring that all of our heroes have the safe and stable housing they deserve.”

The Department of Veterans Affairs’ Office of Intergovernmental Affairs created the Abraham Lincoln Pillars of Excellence Award in conjunction with the NASDVA. The Secretary of Veterans Affairs presented the first awards in 2014.

The award allows Veterans Affairs and the NASDVA to evaluate state programs and establish best practices among these outstanding state programs and provides a model program for other state agencies to follow for more success and efficiency. Understanding the challenges and solutions in other states will foster learning and advance our common goal of serving and supporting our country’s veterans.

Learn about services and programs for homeless veterans in Kentucky here.

The Homeless Veterans Trust Fund funds the KDVA’s Homeless Veterans Program, which is administered by Eileen Ward. Ward has worked hard for years to expand and improve the homeless veterans program and deserves this honor. Partners across the state include:

  • Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program – Mountain Comprehensive Care Homeless Veterans Transitional Housing
  • HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH)

o Lexington

in Louisville

o (The programs in Marion, Illinois, Nashville and Mountain Home, Tenn., and Huntington, W.Va., have social workers who have areas in Kentucky.)

  • SSVF (Veterans Family Support Services)/VOA (Volunteers of America)
  • Kentucky River Foothills Development Council
  • Tennessee center stone
  • Shelters and Housing Grant Per Diem:

o St. James Place Apartments, Lexington

o The Hope Center, Lexington

Catholica Action Center, Lexington

o The Healing Place, Louisville

o Salvation Army, Louisville

o Wayside Christian Mission, Louisville

o St. Vincent DePaul, Louisville

o Brighton Centre, Newport

o Catholic Charities, Covington

o Northern Kentucky Emergency Shelter, Covington

o River City Mission, Paducah

o GPD Pennyroyal Veteran Center, Hopkinsville

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