Veterans' Programs Receive $35,000 Grant in Klamath & Lake Counties

The grants come from the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs, and will be going out to programs all over the state.

Posted: Apr 18, 2018 4:28 PM
Updated: Apr 18, 2018 4:31 PM

SALEM, Ore. — The non-profit organization Klamath/Lake Community Action Services (KLCAS) will receive $35,000 in grants for veterans programs, according to a statement from the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs (ODVA).

KLCAS hopes to use those funds for emergency housing while veterans and their families await permanent housing, as well as job training, transportation, and the SOAR program.

The grant comes from the ODVA's new Veteran Services Grant Fund, which was implemented by Oregon lawmakers in 2017. The Fund awarded a total of $550,000 to veterans' programs throughout Oregon—non-profit, government, and community organizations dedicated to providing services to veterans and their families.

“Our partners are our greatest asset,” said Mitch Sparks, ODVA acting director. “They are doing amazing and innovative work to ensure all of our veterans have access to the care and benefits they deserve, and we are thrilled to be able to support and expand that work.”

The ODVA had a mandate to select 10 proposals to receive grants from the Fund. However, there were 59 proposals in total, requesting more than $5.3 million in grants.

The Veteran Services Grant Fund receives funding from Lottery revenues, as authorized by Measure 96, which Oregon voters approved overwhelmingly in 2016.

The complete list of grants and recipients may be viewed below.

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