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Ending Veteran Homelessness: We can, and so we must

Posted on October 03, 2014 at 2:01 PM
Author: Eric Grumdahl- MDVA Tags: Outreach, Programs

The State of Minnesota, Governor Dayton, and the Mayors of Minneapolis, Saint Paul, Rochester, Duluth, St. Cloud, Burnsville and Albert Lea have joined the Federal government and over 200 other communities across the country in committing to end Veteran homelessness by the end of 2015.

Five weeks ago, I joined the team within State government charged with helping us deliver on these commitments, as Special Advisor on Ending Veteran Homelessness based at MDVA with the Minnesota Office to Prevent and End Homelessness. I come to this role after serving as Policy Director for the U. S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH), the Federal agency charged with coordinating the Federal response on homelessness and working in partnership with communities across the country to prevent and end homelessness. In my previous role, I served as USICH’s liaison with the Department of Veteran Affairs and as policy lead on efforts to end homelessness among Veterans and youth. I am delighted to bring the perspectives and experiences of my time in Washington back to my home state, and to join dedicated people at MDVA, throughout government, and in nonprofit organizations and communities across the state focused on ending Veteran homelessness.



Groundbreaking for Homeless Veteran Housing

Posted on July 11, 2014 at 12:59 PM
Tags: Benefits, Outreach, Families, Events

Homeless Veteran Housing CeremonyCommonBond Communities, the Midwest’s largest nonprofit provider of affordable housing, recently held a ceremonial groundbreaking event for new Fort Snelling development project. On May 29 the organization invited distinguished guests to celebrate the restoration and construction of a new affordable housing community for Veterans and their families experiencing homelessness. The development project will transform five historic structures into 58 new apartments on the Fort Snelling Upper Post.



November is Native American Heritage Month

Posted on November 04, 2013 at 2:30 PM
Tags: Outreach

Kari Anderson
MDVA

Since 1915 Native American Heritage has been publicly recognized.  Since the turn of the century November has been declared Native American Heritage Month.  It is important to recognize the rich heritage and contributions of Native Americans to the service to our Nations military. 

In 2007 Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs partnered with the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council to create an outreach program to ensure Native American Veterans are provided professional assistance and advocacy.  The Tribal Veteran Service Officer (TVSO) Division has worked since its beginning to provide services including Representation to the Federal VA and the submission of local and State benefits applications on behalf of Native Americans throughout the State of Minnesota.



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