North Carolina News

HUD-VASH Vouchers

US Department of Housing and Urban Development Awards HUD-VASH Vouchers The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced the awarding of its 2015 HUD-VASH (VA Supportive Housing) vouchers. In this partnership between two federal agencies, HUD provides rental assistance while the VA provides case management and clinical services. Nearly $65 million will help about 9300 homeless veterans across the country. Read more In North Carolina, 11 housing authorities received $1, 520,514 to support 264 vouchers.

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NCDVA Partners with Duke EPIC on VSO Training

The North Carolina Division of Veterans Affairs (NCDVA), in partnership with the Duke Evidence-based Practice Implementation Center (EPIC), recently announced a two-year initiative to train Veterans Services Officers so that they can provide improved mental health services to veterans and their families. Other partners include the NC Department of Human Services and the Behavioral Healthcare Resource Program in the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Social Work. More info

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Results of Survey of NC Military Families

The North Carolina National Guard; the NC Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services; the Governor’s Institute on Substance Abuse; and Military One Source partnered to develop and administer an online survey of military families.  Of the 59 respondents, 53 had received services from the NC National Guard Family Program, 42 from Military or Army One Source, 37 from the NC National Guard behavioral health line, and 22 from Community Care of North Carolina.  Similar to other […]

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VA Establishes MyVA Advisory Committee

On March 13, the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced the establishment of the 14-member MyVA Advisory Committee. The Committee brings together skilled experts from the private, non-profit, and government sectors to assist in reorienting the Department to better meet the needs of Veterans. This Committee is charged with advising the Secretary of Veterans Affairs with a focus on improving customer service and Veteran outcomes and setting the course for long-term reform and excellence. The first meeting will occur […]

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Operation Homefront Awards

Established in 2002, Operation Homefront is a nonprofit that has assisted thousands of military families, with 92% of its total donations going directly to programs that provide that support. Every March it announces the recipients of the Military Child of the Year Award—one from each military service including the National Guard. This year the Marine Corps award recipient is from NC—Christopher-Raul Rodriguez, 17, a senior at Lejeune High School, Camp Lejeune. He is the school’s team captain for varsity baseball […]

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Governor Announces Veterans Employment Initiative

On March 5, Governor McCrory announced an initiative designed to assist veterans in seeking jobs. Retired Major General of the US Marine Corps General Cornell A. Wilson, the Governor’s Military Affairs Advisor; Ilario Pantano, Director, NC Division of Veterans Affairs; and Will Collins, Executive Director of NCWorks are among those expected in attendance in Camp Lejeune. Cisco Systems, a committed partner, has been instrumental in preparing Veterans for high tech jobs through its Networking Academy. “We want veterans to work […]

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Veterans Health Conference at UNC-Charlotte

On February 24, UNC-Charlotte College of Health and Human Services hosted the Veterans’ Health Conference, with Ilario Pantano, Director, NC Division of Veterans Affairs and Retired Major General Marianne Mathewson-Chapman, former Deputy Surgeon General of the National Guard as the keynote speakers. The conference addressed the need for a coordinated effort to improve healthcare for military and veterans and for culturally competent health and social service providers. Read more

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Welcome Home NC

The Walmart Foundation has awarded a three-year $1M grant to Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) to provide assistance to post-deployment veterans in accessing education, employment, and services in the Charlotte area. The initiative calls for community agencies and organizations to partner with IVMF to provide a coordinated approach. The Walmart Foundation conducted a nationwide search and selected Charlotte based on the work of the Charlotte Bridge Home and the city’s corporate community. A rollout of the […]

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Meeting Update

Due to the forecast for February 25-26, NC Emergency Management will need the Situation Room that we were planning to meet in.   At this time, we will need to postpone our meeting.  We will look for another date next month and get back to you all as soon as possible with a new date.

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NC Governor’s Council on Homelessness

On February 9, Governors McCrory announced appointments to the newly formed 18-member Council on Homelessness. Three members have been involved with the Governor’s Working Group—Ilario Pantano, Director, NC Division of Veterans Affairs; Angela Harper, housing specialist, NC Department of Health and Human Services; and Denise Neunaber, Director, Executive Director, NC Coalition to End Homelessness. Read more

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