Veterans Northeast constructed 18 housing units at the former St. Rita’s Church.
Veterans Northeast Outreach Center, 10 Reed St., Haverhill, has received $2,020,000 in federal funding as part of the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program.
SSVF helps “very low-income veteran families prevent homelessness,” according to a statement released Thursday from Massachusetts Third District Congresswoman Niki Tsongas. The award, through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, comes after Tsongas’ visit Monday to Career Resources Corporation, Haverhill, to “hear about their Veteran’s Employment Services program,” conducted in partnership with Veterans Northeast Outreach Center.
“The Veterans Northeast Outreach Center has a strong history of supporting veterans and their families to help prevent veteran homelessness. Their extensive outreach allows the center to reach approximately twenty-five percent of veterans and veteran families in Massachusetts, giving them the ability to make a widespread and long-lasting impact on the reduction of homelessness amongst veterans and their families,” Tsongas said.
Tsongas supported the Veterans Northeast Outreach Center’s application. She has previously written letters of support on behalf of the center and participated in the opening of their new housing facility last year. As WHAV reported then, 18 housing units were built as part of its main campus, the former St. Rita’s Church.
“During the last three years the program has assisted housing more than 1,500 families in Middlesex and Essex Counties,” said Veterans Northeast Outreach Center Executive Director John Ratka. “A special thanks to Congresswoman Niki Tsongas and her staff for their overwhelming support in obtaining this funding and their continuing support of Veterans and their families.”
The Veterans Northeast Outreach Center was founded in 1985 to address the needs of veterans and their families throughout the Merrimack Valley. The center offers information, referral, advocacy and support to local veterans.