County helps veterans escape homelessness

Photo courtesy Mohave County<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->Mohave County Housing Specialist Jennifer Burch (from left), Housing and Community Revitalization Manager Dave Wolf and Housing Specialist Danya Herd discuss homelessness prevention for veterans Wednesday, July 18, at the County Administration Building in Kingman.<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 --><br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->

Photo courtesy Mohave County<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->Mohave County Housing Specialist Jennifer Burch (from left), Housing and Community Revitalization Manager Dave Wolf and Housing Specialist Danya Herd discuss homelessness prevention for veterans Wednesday, July 18, at the County Administration Building in Kingman.<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 --><br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->

KINGMAN - A new grant from the federal government has already put nine homeless vets in new homes.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development issued a grant of $136,099 to Mohave County to fund the Veterans Administration Supportive Housing program, said Mohave County Housing and Community Revitalization Manager David Wolf.

The HUD funding will cover the cost of rental assistance to house 25 homeless veterans.

Out of the 25 available vouchers, Mohave County's VASH program already has nine veterans in rentals plus three more who have been issued vouchers but are looking for available rentals.

The vets also get help with their Social Security, medical insurance, disability issues and whatever needs to be done to help each veteran move toward self sufficiency, Wolf said.

"We determine income eligibility. Each has to be a low-income, homeless veteran."

"Their military discharges have to be other than dishonorable," Wolf said.

Most of the homeless veterans the Housing staff has worked with are from the Vietnam War, officials said. One is from Desert Storm.

The local HUD VASH social worker for the VA is Jeremiah Jensen, who can be reached at (928) 692-0080, extension 6843 or by email at: jeremiah.jensen@va.gov

The county is also helping veterans to find jobs. All veterans have priority at the three Mohave County One-Stop Career Centers, Wolf said.

"They served our country," he said. "These programs are opportunities for us to pay back for their service."