Gov. Beshear: Kentucky receives National Award for Homeless Veterans Program

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Gov. Andy Beshear praised the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs (KDVA) for the department, its staff and the state winning national recognition for their efforts to eliminate veterans homelessness. Donald Ramey, Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, presented KDVA an Abraham Lincoln Pillars of Excellence Award from the National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs (NASDVA) on Wednesday.

“We are proud of Veterans Affairs and their hardworking team for prioritizing our brave men and women who answered the call to protect this country,” said Gov. Beshear. “Not one of our brave veterans should sleep on the streets and I appreciate their work to ensure all of our heroes have the safe, stable housing they deserve.”

The Department of Veterans Affairs’ Office of Intergovernmental Affairs developed the Abraham Lincoln Pillars of Excellence Award together with NASDVA. The Secretary of Veteran Affairs presented the first awards in 2014.

The award allows Veterans Affairs and NASDVA to evaluate state programs and establish best practices among those outstanding state programs and provides a model program for other state agencies to follow for greater success and efficiency. Understanding the challenges and solutions in other states will foster learning and advance our shared goal of serving and supporting our nation’s veterans.

Find out more about services and programs for homeless veterans in Kentucky here.

The Homeless Veterans Trust Fund provides funding for the KDVA’s Homeless Veterans Program, which is administered by Eileen Ward. Ward has been working hard for years to expand and improve the Homeless Veterans Program and is deserving of the honor. Partners across the state include:

  • Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program – Mountain Comprehensive Care Homeless Veterans Transitional Housing
  • HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH)

o   Lexington

o   Louisville

o   (Programs in Marion, Ill., Nashville and Mountain Home, Tenn., and Huntington, W.Va., have case workers that have areas in Kentucky.)

  • SSVF (Supportive Services for Veteran Families)/VOA (Volunteers of America)
  • Kentucky River Foothills Development Council
  • Centerstone of Tennessee
  • Shelters and Grant Per Diem housing:

o   St. James Place Apartments, Lexington

o   The Hope Center, Lexington

o   Catholica Action Center, Lexington

o   The Healing Place, Louisville

o   Salvation Army, Louisville

o   Wayside Christian Mission, Louisville

o   St. Vincent DePaul, Louisville

o   Brighton Center, Newport

o   Catholic Charities, Covington

o   Emergency Shelter of Northern Kentucky, Covington

o   River City Mission, Paducah

o   GPD Pennyroyal Veteran Center, Hopkinsville


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