Spokane receives $8M grant to help homeless veterans

Spokane receives $8M grant to help homeless veterans

SPOKANE, Wash. - More help is coming to Spokane's homeless veterans thanks to nearly $8 Million in federal grant dollars geared toward homeless housing.

The federal grants were awarded to the City of Spokane and Goodwill, specifically to help homeless veterans.

"When they ask you, 'Where are we sleeping tonight?' And, you don't have an answer, it's a heartache as a mother," Tonia Elmore said.

Tonia's husband Rolf is a Navy veteran. They moved to Spokane from Nebraska in early June to get Rolf better medical care.

"Along the way, our budget was shortened due to health reasons and cost of travel and things I hadn't budgeted for," she said.

With no place to call home, Tonia and her family didn't know where to go.

"I literally sat with the phone book in a little hotel room and started calling every place that I could to find resources to help our family. I was at the end of my rope strings. I didn't know what to do and they saved me," Tonia said.

The Elmores got help from Goodwill's Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program, called SSVF. Since last Fall, the program has helped 180 at-risk veterans in the area.

"They put us in a motel room, they got us some gas, food, they pointed us in the right direction to find jobs," Tonia said.

On Monday, Mayor David Condon and Goodwill's CEO announced $8 million in federal funding for Spokane aimed at helping even more homeless families.

"Everything is literally taken care of. I probably would have been living out of the back of my truck had it not been from the help of SSVF," Tonia said.

In just a few days, the Elmore family will get keys to a new rental home. Right now, the family is looking for jobs and Goodwill is also helping them with that process.