NeighborWorks America Salutes Veterans on Veterans Day and Beyond

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WASHINGTON, Nov. 8, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- This week NeighborWorks America spotlights and honors the service of all U.S. military veterans. NeighborWorks America, which creates opportunities for people to live in affordable homes, improve their lives and strengthen their communities, supports a network of more than 235 nonprofits, located in every state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Several NeighborWorks organizations offer the on-the-ground services that provide veterans with the resources they need.

America's veterans and their families have served our nation bravely, making enormous sacrifices and yet they remain one of our most vulnerable communities. They are not immune to the challenges of the larger population—to live in safe, decent affordable homes and to avoid the risk of foreclosure. This Veterans Day and every day NeighborWorks is proud to serve veterans in communities across the country.

NeighborWorks organizations served more than 860 veterans in FY 2011. In addition, NeighborWorks organizations offered foreclosure mitigation counseling to more than 430 veterans in FY 2011.

The following are examples of the work NeighborWorks organizations are doing to assist veterans:

Since March of 2011, through Project Sacred Trust, Neighborhood Housing Services of South Florida (Miami, FL) has partnered with Carrfour Supportive Housing to provide services to veterans. As part of the partnership, Neighborhood Housing Services of South Florida provides services to the veteran and their family that include financial literacy counseling and education, one-on-one housing counseling and credit counseling as well as personal financial planning and homebuyer education. Neighborhood Housing Services of South Florida holds classes on site at the Carrfour development where many of the veterans and their families are living. In addition, Neighborhood Housing Services of South Florida provides foreclosure intervention services to veterans who have been referred to them for assistance.

At The Primavera Foundation (Tucson, AZ), Project Action for Veterans offers customized support services for veterans and their families. The staff provides assistance with housing plans, monthly budgeting, navigating and obtaining public and veterans' benefits, financial education, and job readiness support. Vocation for Veterans provides employment support for veterans who are homeless. The staff works one-on-one to map out plans for job training and job placement offering guidance on long-term employment plans while also providing assistance with short-term needs, like clothing and transportation.

Hudson River Housing (Poughkeepsie, NY) launched the SSVF (Supportive Services for Veteran Families) Program on November 1. Funded by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the program aims to promote housing stability among very low-income veteran families who reside in or are transitioning to permanent housing. Services include assistance obtaining VA benefits, assistance obtaining other public benefits and needed services within the community, limited financial assistance that is necessary to stabilize housing, housing counseling and assistance with housing searches, and financial planning related to stabilizing housing.

"We know the many sacrifices veterans have made and the economic challenges they face when they return to civilian life," said NeighborWorks America CEO Eileen Fitzgerald. "Our NeighborWorks organizations are ensuring that veterans have the resources and tools to improve their lives."

About NeighborWorks America

NeighborWorks America creates opportunities for people to improve their lives and strengthen their communities by providing access to homeownership and to safe and affordable rental housing. In the last five years, NeighborWorks organizations have generated more than $19.5 billion in reinvestment in these communities. NeighborWorks America is the nation's leading trainer of community development and affordable housing professionals.

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CONTACT: Lindsay Moore,, 202-220-6317

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