Two South Coast housing agencies have received more than a half million dollars to help homeless veterans in the region.
The U.S. Department of Housing, and Urban Development awarded $270,000 to the City of Ventura’s Housing Authority, and $250,000 to the City of Santa Barbara’s Housing Authority.
The money is part of a federal program run by HUD, and the Veterans Administration.
Federal officials say veterans are more likely to be homeless than any other demographic group, with an estimated 210,000 of them on the streets, or in temporary shelters.
Democratic Congresswoman Lois Capps of Santa Barbara says the federal program has reduced the number of homeless veterans by about 12 percent in the last few years.