Volunteers of America to launch ‘Homeward Bound’ grant application process Friday

Voa Volunteers Of America Eastern Washington North Idaho

SPOKANE, Wash. —  Volunteers of America Spokane will open the public application process for the “Homeward Bound” grant funds on Friday.

This program was funded by the Spokane County Commissioners to assist those experiencing homelessness by relocating them outside the Spokane community if they have identified stable housing and resources.

“The funds can be used to purchase plane tickets, train tickets, bus tickets or gas vouchers. It is the hope that this funding will reunite individuals with their friends or family to quickly resolve their housing crisis,” said Isaac Fall, VOA Community Engagement Supervisor.

This pilot grant program will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis, and funding is limited to $20,000. To qualify for the grant, individuals must be engaged with case management services and have identified a safe and stable place to stay with friends or family.

Applications can be accessed on VOA’s website here.

To ensure success, VOA will be requiring written verification of the housing and will track recidivism into Spokane’s chronic homelessness system. Applications will be accepted until December 31, 2022, or until the funding is spent.

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