- Associated Press - Thursday, September 24, 2015

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - A Wyoming program that provides housing assistance and other services for homeless veterans is in limbo after it learned its federal grant is unlikely to be renewed.

The Southwest Wyoming Recovery Access Programs was recently informed it was not included on the renewal list for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Supportive Services for Veteran Families grant.

The organization has used the grant money from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Supportive Services for Veteran Families to offer services across the state.

The program is a major part of a VA initiative to end homelessness among veterans.

But the only group on its renewal list for next year that serves Wyoming was Rocky Mountain Human Services, which just serves Laramie County, in addition to all of Colorado.

Samuel House, a spokesman with the Cheyenne VA Medical Center, said the VA could still announce a grant to cover other parts of the state on or after Oct. 1.

“It may be (SW-WRAP); it might be someone else,” he told the Wyoming Tribune Eagle (https://bit.ly/1NWe2xt). “But right now they are not disclosing that.”

Beth Whitman, CEO of SW-WRAP, said it’s still possible that the group’s grant could be renewed. But she said that appears doubtful since it was not included on the renewal list.

She said she is confident the VA will tap another group to pick up the grant if SW-WRAP doesn’t receive it.

But Whitman said her organization would be forced to lay off a number of its staff if it is not awarded the grant.

Whitman said the only reason she could think of why her group was not included on the renewal list was because it is “a very competitive” grant process.

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Information from: Wyoming Tribune Eagle, https://www.wyomingnews.com

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