Under that mission, the organization has been successfully organizing Stand Downs in Brevard County, Florida since 2008...Stand Down events qualify for $5000 per day, not to exceed $15,000 under the grant and are being approved for between one and three day events.
Groups from Ocala, Sarasota, Tallahassee, Ft Myers, Ft. Walton Beach, Pensacola, and Palmetto, Florida have all successfully gained approval. Stand Down funding is a non-competitive grant awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, until available funding is exhausted. Special Priority is being given to applicants in areas of Florida with a significant homeless veteran population which is not currently served by a Stand Down.
When asked what he wanted others to know about this opportunity, Mr. Taylor stated, “If you are involved in veteran support, have ties in your community to veteran support organizations and have been wondering how you could make a difference, here is your answer. It took us years to gain enough funding to be able to hold a proper Stand Down, and to be able to offer that now to others who want to make an impact is a true honor. We need good people who support veterans to act together in their communities to make a difference- and we are in a position to help. We are really looking for individuals and organizations to come forward, so we can fund their efforts and help more veterans.”
Stand Downs are typically one to three day events, depending on the size and need in the community, in which multiple community-based organizations collaborate to offer services to homeless veterans in need. Services provided vary, but include food, clothing, health screenings, VA and Social Security benefits counseling, survival gear, and referrals to a variety of other necessary services such as employment, housing, and substance abuse programs that may be available in the area.
Stand Downs have been an integral part of outreach to homeless veterans since the first recorded event in San Diego in 1988. Stand_Down_RFP.360100613.pdf">RFP and application. Applicants should submit the required information as soon as possible, as the Stand Down events to be funded should be held on or before June 30, 2013 and can take multiple months to plan.
“We know what works,” said Taylor, “Community partners working together for our veterans is the key. We are looking forward to a great 2013 for our veterans here in Florida.”
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