by Ray Hayes

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) estimates that 40,056 veterans are living homeless on any given night. While only making up 10.4 percent and 3.4 U of the veteran population, roughly 45 percent of those veterans living homeless are African American or Hispanic.  In an effort to fight homelessness among US veterans, the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation announced that its VeteransWINS grant program will be donating $300,000 to nine nonprofit organizations to help homeless veterans find sustainable housing.

The VeteranWINS grant was launched in 2016 and has awarded more than $600,000 in grants to nonprofit organizations to directly support veterans in finding housing to decrease veteran homelessness. Jeff Chavannes, VeteranWINS program manager at Wells Fargo and Army veteran, spoke about the VeteranWINS programs and Wells Fargo commitment to military veterans. “Everyone deserves a safe and secure place to live, especially our veterans, who have already sacrificed so much for our country. The VeteranWINS program is just one way Wells Fargo is doing our part to ensure veterans are being taken care of. We are proud to support the great work these nonprofits are doing for veterans in their communities.”

One of the awardees from the 2018 VeteranWINS programs was America Delaware Valley. The agency received $40,000. According to Citizen Tribune, America Delaware Valley will use the grant, “…to help veterans overcome common, significant obstacles when transitioning back into the community, such as procuring photo IDs and other pertinent documents, covering moving costs and security deposits, and gaining access to efficient utilities.”

To learn more about the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation please click here.