By: Safaniya Stevenson
The Obama Administration is trying to help homelessness veterans with a new grant program. The program will be distributing $62 million to organizations that helps veterans find housing.
South Carolina received a grant of $450,000. The money is used to provide vouchers to help veterans rent housing.
The Alston Wilkes Society is a veterans' assistance organization in Columbia. The organization works to help get veterans off the streets.
"Right now we're working at about an 80 percent success rate," says Clinton Davis, the society's director of veteran services.
Davis says they have had great success finding homes for displaced veterans and the grant will only help them in their goal of having no homeless veterans in The Midlands.
Alonzo Phillips Wint Jr. is a former homeless veteran who says that the assistance from the grant is exactly what veterans are looking for.
"They don't really want a hand out. They just want a hand. Nobody's asking for nothing free but we feel like we served our country so now we need our country to help us." says Wint.
The current vouchers cover 70 percent of housing expenses.
For more information on veteran assistance in The Midlands contact SC Office of Veterans' Affairs.