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President Donald Trump puts Veterans First

 

The White HouseWashington, D.C. – President Donald Trump took a major step yesterday to support veterans and military spouses by signing the Supporting Veterans in STEM Careers Act.

President Trump: “This has been long in the making.”

“It’s a big deal,” the President said from the Oval Office. “The bill directs the National Science Foundation to work with other federal agencies to expand veteran eligibility for STEM-related programs and encourages veteran participation in these critical fields.”

President Donald Trump signs the Supporting Veterans in STEM Careers Act. (White House)

President Donald Trump signs the Supporting Veterans in STEM Careers Act. (White House)

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Legal Aid Society is Working to Support Homeless Veterans

 

Written by DarKenya Waller
Executive Director, Legal Aid Society

Legal Aid SocietyNashville, TN – Veterans make up just 7 percent of the U.S. population. So it’s safe to say that for large swaths of our country, the realities of military service are somewhat removed from our daily lives and sphere of understanding.

Though the sacrifices made by veterans are brought to our attention on Memorial Day and Veterans Day, the emotional or physical wounds that some vets carry are a constant, daily struggle.

DarKenya Waller, Executive Director, Legal Aid Society.

DarKenya Waller, Executive Director, Legal Aid Society.

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Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan urges Congress to protect Block Grants

 

President Donald Trump’s budget would slash federal money returned to cities

City of Clarksville - Clarksville, TNClarksville, TN – Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan joined with other municipal leaders across America Friday to oppose the Trump Administration’s proposal to eliminate the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, which has had a large positive impact in the City of Clarksville.

“CDBG grants help real people, and help make our communities great,” Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan said Friday. “Community Development Block Grants are the only federal funding source that gives city leaders discretion in how the money is spent.”

Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan

Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan

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Clarksville’s Operation Stand Down Tennessee Serves Veterans and Their Families

 

Operation Stand Down TennesseeClarksville, TN – Operation Stand Down Tennessee, located at 400 Madison Street next to Habitat for Humanity ReStore, is a military to civilian transition support program for veterans and their families.

By calling 931.896.2184 or walking in, veterans and their families can receive employment services, health service and benefits navigation, counseling services, legal consultations coordination, and housing assistance.

Served areas include Cheatham County, Davidson County, Dickson County, Montgomery County, Robertson County, Rutherford County, Sumner County, Trousdale County, Williamson County and Wilson County.

(L to R) Evelyn Adams, Willie Celestine, and Rhonda Clemmer, employees of Operation Stand Down Tennessee in Clarksville.

(L to R) Evelyn Adams, Willie Celestine, and Rhonda Clemmer, employees of Operation Stand Down Tennessee in Clarksville.

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Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson announces THDA Grant to Provide Housing for Homeless Veterans

 

State of TennesseeNashville, TN – Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson announced that the Tennessee Housing Development Agency (THDA) had recently awarded a $235,705 Housing Trust Fund (HTF) grant to Buffalo Valley.

The grant will be used to finance the rehabilitation of six homes that will provide transitional housing for 48 homeless Veterans. Two of the homes are located in Clarksville and will serve up to 14 individuals.

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

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Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson announces THDA Grant to Provide Housing for Homeless Veterans

 

Tennessee State Representative - District 68Nashville, TN – Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson (R-Clarksville) announced that The Tennessee Housing Development Agency’s (THDA) Board of Directors has approved Buffalo Valley, Inc to receive a grant from the Housing Trust Fund (HTF) to serve the housing needs of elderly, very-low income, and special needs Tennesseans.

Buffalo Valley, Inc. will use $208,400 in HTF funds to rehabilitate 10 units of transitional rental housing in Montgomery (5 units), Lewis (1 unit), and Marshall (4 units) counties.

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

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HUD and VA announce more Vouchers to Help Homeless Veterans get into Permanent Homes

 

HUD-VASH vouchers to build on 17 percent decline in veteran homelessness since 2009

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)Washington, D.C. – The U.S.  Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced the second round of HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) funding to local public housing agencies across the United States and Puerto Rico.

The $7.8 million will provide housing and clinical services for 1,120 currently homeless veterans.  In May of this year, the two agencies announced $60 million in HUD-VASH vouchers. «Read the rest of this article»

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HUD to provide permanent housing to nearly 165 Homeless Veterans in Tennessee

 

$842,998 HUD-VASH program to provide rental housing and support services

Nashville, TN – U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan announced today that nearly 165 homeless veterans in Tennessee will get permanent housing assistance through a HUD rental assistance program that connects homeless veterans from local Veterans Affairs Medical Centers (VAMC) with rental assistance vouchers provided by local public housing agencies. HUD’s Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing Program (HUD-VASH) will provide Tennessee public housing agencies with $842,998 in funding specifically targeted to assist homeless veterans in their area.

For a local breakdown of the rental vouchers announced today, visit: HUD VASH or see below.

“Though they served and sacrificed so much for our country, too many of our veterans find themselves on the streets and in homeless shelters,” said Donovan. “Thankfully, these vouchers will provide a more permanent solution to housing and services these veterans need.” «Read the rest of this article»

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HUD offers permanent homes for more than 10,000 homeless vets

 

$75 million HUD-VASH program to provide rental housing and support services

hudlogoWASHINGTON – U.S. Housing and Urban Development announced today the final allocations of more than 10,000 vouchers to local public housing authorities across the country to provide permanent supportive housing for homeless veterans.

For a local breakdown of the rental vouchers announced today, visit HUD’s website.

“Numerous men and women voluntarily leave their families and put their lives on the line to ensure that we, their fellow Americans, live safely in our homes,” said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan, who announced the $75 million in funding last month with Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki. “These vouchers offer veterans a permanent home and critically needed supportive services to those who have served our nation.” «Read the rest of this article»

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