Thursday morning, city officials released a Notice of Availability (NOFA) for non-profit organizations to operate a Veterans Permanent Supportive Housing Program.
The NOFA’s $348,424 is available for non-profits to provide rental assistance, case management, and support services for homeless veterans residing in the City El Paso who are not eligible for VA benefits.
A census of homeless individuals in El Paso found there are 55 homeless veterans on any given day. Of those veterans experiencing homelessness, more than half have a mental health condition, 45% have issues with substance abuse, 26% have a felony conviction, and 21% have been homeless four or more times in the past three years.
“These issues can make it more difficult for these veterans to find or maintain housing and employment,” city officials shared. “Wrap-around services tailored to each homeless veteran’s needs are a critical component of achieving housing stabilization and breaking the cycle of chronic homelessness.”
The NOFA application and instructions can be found at the Community and Human Development website. Officials added that NOFA applications are due by 5:00 p.m. October 19.