Two Calgary-based organizations receive federal funds to improve Veterans’ well-being

Veterans Affairs Canada

20 January 2022 – Calgary – Veterans Affairs Canada

Today, the Honorable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, alongside George Chahal, Member of Parliament for Calgary-Skyview, announced two Calgary-based organizations who will receive funding through the Veteran and Family Well‑Being Fund.

The Veterans Association Food Bank will receive $210,000 to develop new programming to support LGBTQ2+ Veterans as well as survivors of military sexual trauma. They will also implement new peer-led activities in Edmonton and Calgary.

Homes for Heroes Foundation will receive $250,000 to support Calgary Veterans Village: a unique, affordable and innovative urban village to house Veterans during their transition back to life after service. This community provides full-service programming to deliver the resources, training and counselling necessary to ensure their success in living independently in the long term.

All recipients will use this funding for initiatives that improve the well-being of Veterans and their families. This year, selected organizations are addressing issues affecting Veterans and their families during the post COVID-19 recovery, such as homelessness, retraining, employment, and health challenges, along with supporting equity-seeking groups such as women and LGBTQ2 Veterans. This support is made possible through additional investments in the Veteran and Family Well‑Being Fund in Budget 2021.

Since 2018, the Veteran and Family Well‑Being Fund has provided financial support to private, public and academic organizations striving to improve the lives of Veterans and their families through innovative projects, initiatives and research.

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