By Associated Press - Wednesday, August 13, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Efforts to prevent homelessness among veteran families in New Mexico are getting a boost.

The Veterans Affairs Department has awarded more than $2 million in grants to three organizations as part of the Supportive Services for Veteran Families program. They include Goodwill Industries of New Mexico, New Mexico Veterans Integration Centers and Mesilla Valley Community of Hope.

Officials say Goodwill will also serve numerous tribal communities throughout New Mexico, Arizona and southern Colorado.

More than 760 homeless and at-risk veteran families will be served through the grants. They will be able to get help in obtaining VA benefits and other public assistance aimed at promoting housing stability.

The program is in its fourth year. Federal officials say homelessness among veterans has declined by 24 percent since 2009.

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