Veterans Assistance Grants Help to Reduce Homelessness among Military Service Members

Indebted Americans recognize one homeless veteran is too much. But, thanks, in part, to grants that support veterans assistance, from both government, corporate and private foundations, the number of homeless veterans has been cut in half this decade.

Homelessness is just one of the problems veterans confront. Mental health issues and physical disabilities also plague many veterans who lack resources to find civilian jobs. The National Alliance on Mental Illness found one in four active duty service members to have experienced some form of issue with mental health. This startling high statistic may be connected to a suicide rate that is significantly higher than those for civilians, especially among female veterans.

Veteran Assistance Grants are designed to reintegrate military service members into civilian life. The Colorado Division Of Veteran Affairs offers grants to Colorado nonprofits for programs that involve “mental health services, job training, family counseling, housing for homeless veterans, employment assistance, and other forms of assistance.”

This grant — listed on — helps to improve quality of life and well-being through programs that foster self-sufficiency and economic development, increase access to healthcare, housing and supportive services, increased food security and enhanced relationships.

Entrepreneurs, nonprofits, public and private foundations, and small businesses frustrated by the often-overwhelming process involved with searching for grants that support veterans, can identify funding opportunities that are easy to read and simple to comprehend at

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About the Author: A graduate of SUNY Albany, Lianne Hikind is a staff writer for



Wake-Up Call: DOJ Grants Address Campus Sexual Assault, Dating Violence, Stalking

The wake-up call is ringing throughout higher education and particularly loud and clear at the University of Hawaii, where educators are digesting the results of a survey that delved into sexual harassment and gender-based violence both on and off campus.

The survey, which comes at a time of heightening awareness across the nation, found that 22 percent of the female students at the University of Hawaii have experienced dating or domestic violence, and about 12 percent have been sexually harassed or stalked during their time at the school. Another 8.5 percent of the female students said they'd experienced nonconsensual sexual contact. 

Of immediate concern to university leaders is that only 27 percent of the students questioned, knew how to report an incident if they became a victim.

Increased awareness will help. So, too, would money. The survey, one of the first known nationally of college students to explore intimate partner violence, cost about $175,000 to conduct.

Libby Hikind, founder and CEO of, said the Office of Violence against Women in the Department of Justice sponsors grants to support efforts to create or revitalize campus responses to sexual misconduct. On GrantWatch you can find these grants and many others, when available under the grants for higher education category.

DOJ recently awarded a $300,000 grant to Sacred Heart University. The grant couldn’t have come at a more appropriate time. In 2016, four rapes were reported on campus according to the Annual Campus Crime & Fire Safety Report issued to the federal government. Sacred Heart will use the grant money to enhance victim services, implement prevention and education programs and develop and strengthen campus security and investigation strategies.

James Mohr, the vice chancellor of student affairs at Washington State University, said the Spokane campus will apply the $300,000 DOJ grant to reach out to students to let them know there are programs to assist them. The money marks the third successful grant awarded to Washington State to enhance programs for victims of domestic or dating violence or stalking.

Meanwhile, the University of Hawaii system waits for the results of a 2014 audit by the Civil Rights Office in the U.S. Department of Education, which is looking into Title IX compliance. The federal law prohibits sex discrimination in education.


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