Rep. Steve Knight (CA-25) extended praise recently to the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) for its announcement that they have provided federal funds to several local organizations working to help homeless and at-risk veterans and their families.

On Tuesday, the VA awarded about $300 million in grants under the Supportive Services for Veteran Families program to non-profit organizations across the country. Among the recipients were seven organizations in Los Angeles County, including Mental Health America of Los Angeles, and New Directions Inc. Knight said the grants were a “step in the right direction.”

“Our veterans risked everything to protect our country and our way of life,” Knight said. “We must work to ensure that these brave men and women and their families have access to quality care and services, including resources to avoid homelessness.”

Knight added that veteran homelessness is a “horrible issue” in the Southland and across the nation; initiatives like the Supportive Services for Veteran Families program, he said, “are a solid step toward solving this tragic problem.”

Last year Knight co-sponsored the Los Angeles Homeless Veterans Leasing Act which would grant the VA leasing authority to construct permanent supportive housing at its West Los Angeles Medical Center campus. In July, Knight introduced the No Hero Left Untreated Act which would establish a pilot program at the VA for research and introduction of new treatment policies to help with post-traumatic stress disorder, sexual trauma and a host of neurological issues.