Rep. Susan Davis (D-San Diego) presented Stand Down co-founder Jon Nachison a commendation for his work with the homeless veterans in July. Photo courtesy of Susan Davis Twitter.

A San Diego veterans group is receiving a grant from the Department of Veterans Affairs to help combat veterans homelessness, Rep. Susan Davis (D-San Diego) announced Monday.

Vietnam Veterans of San Diego will receive $1.02 million to provide services to very low-income veterans and their families who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness.

According the Regional Task Force on the Homeless, about 17 percent of the unsheltered homeless population in San Diego are veterans.

The grant is part of the VA’s Supportive Services of for Veterans Families program.

“I have seen firsthand and talked to the many veterans living on our streets,” Davis said. “It’s important that they know that have not been forgotten especially after the sacrifices they have made for our freedoms. We must not rest until the thousands of homeless, including our veterans, are no longer living on San Diego’s streets.”

Davis is a ranking member of the Military Personnel Subcommittee.

Funds from the grants will allow Vietnam Veterans of San Diego to offer veterans and their family temporary financial aid on rent payments, utility payments, security deposits and moving costs.

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