Thursday, July 18, 2013

Escamilla supporting NCHP’s efforts to help veterans and their families

Escamilla supporting NCHP’s efforts to help veterans and their families


STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Rep. Juan Carlos Escamilla, D-San Luis (District 4), recently praised National Community Health Partners for earning a grant from the Department of Veterans Affairs to help veterans and their families.

“NCHP is an exemplary organization that benefits people in our community and across the country,” Escamilla said. “The grant that NCHP won will help many of our veterans get access to crucial services.”

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, through the Supportive Services for Veteran Families program, awarded NCHP a grant for $1.1 million annually for up to three years to fund the Housing for Heroes project. This project is designed to help very low-income veterans and their families in Pinal and Yuma counties get services, including housing stability assistance, health care, legal support, educational/vocational support, financial planning and child care. The grant will also be used to implement a transportation system in both counties to enable the veterans and their families have access these services.
Escamilla joined a bipartisan group of elected officials and organizations submitting letters of support to bolster NCHP’s grant application. In a letter to Escamilla, Albert Moreno, NCHP chief executive officer, wrote:
“Without a doubt, your letter of support and ongoing dedication to assist our veterans and families proved to be major factors in National Community Health Partners being awarded funding from the Department of Veterans Affairs.”
Escamilla said he is pleased the grant will have such a broad impact.
“This will go a long way in helping our veteran community,” he said. “The amount of services that NCHP can offer with this grant is both impressive and inspirational. I am honored to have played a part in helping the organization get this funding.”
NCHP is based in Tucson and was founded in 1984 to address the health needs of border populations. NCHP now houses more than 70 public health programs and services. It also provides educational services to minority and underserved populations in 46 states and three U.S. territories. For more information on NCHP, go to www.nchponline.org.

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