Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans - Bob Woodruff Foundation

Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans

Emergency Housing Transition Program

People experiencing homeless face significant barriers to accessing food and have a higher risk of experiencing long-term food insecurity than the general population. The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged traditional homeless services, while securing housing for people experiencing homeless has been a critical public health measure. The Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans (MACV) is the largest agency solely dedicated to serving veterans experiencing or at risk of homelessness in Minnesota. MACV provides homeless prevention and intervention services, including legal counsel, employment services, case management, financial assistance, and transitional and supportive housing to help veterans achieve and sustain housing stability. This BWF grant will enable 42 veterans temporarily sheltered in hotels to transition to permanent housing by providing case management support and emergency financial assistance towards security deposits and first month’s rent. BWF funding will fill gaps in existing resources, ensuring that veterans who are ineligible for or experiencing a gap in federal and state benefits can secure and sustain long-term housing.