Severe Weather Center

Track severe weather in your location using our interactive radar:

Local shelter denied VA funding again, moving forward to help veterans anyway

Updated: Friday, August 22 2014, 09:21 PM MDT
Local shelter denied VA funding again, moving forward to help veterans anyway story image
By: Gina Benitez
EL PASO, Texas -- Casa Vida De Salud, a recovery shelter in central El Paso hoping to extend services to homeless veterans, is once again denied funding by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

"It looks like we're never going to be able to work with the VA as VA contractors for whatever reason, and that's okay," said Ben Bass, the executive director of the Recovery Alliance.

Bass has come to terms with the fact that the VA will likely never award them grant money after the recovery shelter was denied funding for the second time in just two years.

In May, VA inspectors found 30 areas around the shelter in need of improvement.

"We rectified all of those 30 items," Bass said.

Unfortunately, their efforts weren't enough.The VA came back and did a second inspection and found the shelter non-compliant in nine areas, including its fire-alarm system.

"The state fire marshal and the city fire department both passed and approved," Bass said.

But Bass' goal of taking homeless vets off of El Paso streets wasn't completely crushed. 

"We're going to provide these services anyway. This is something that has to happen," Bass said.

After hearing Casa Vida's story, an El Paso veteran walked into Bass' office.

"He and his wife decided if the VA weren't going to help the local veterans, then, they were," Bass said.

Bass told KFOX14 the couple wants to stay low key but says now that they're in a position to give back, they want to do all they can.

"It's going to be a group of veterans pooling their resources to help these guys, and with any luck, we'll be able to take half the homeless veterans off the street," Bass said.

KFOX14 reached out to the VA but did not receive a response.Local shelter denied VA funding again, moving forward to help veterans anyway
comments powered by Disqus

El Paso Times Headlines

Two police officers, motorist hospitalized after accident @AMartinez31 on Twitter The accident occurred at about 10:10 a.m. at the intersection of Montana Avenue and Birch Street in Central El Paso.
Clinton making case for Iran deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — The latest as debate on the Iran nuclear deal opens in Congress and grips the 2016 presidential campaign.

Queen Elizabeth II surpasses Queen Victoria's long reign

LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II reached a major milestone Wednesday, becoming the longest-reigning monarch in Britain's history by passing Queen Victoria, who served for 63 years and seven months.

Clerk in gay-marriage fight back to work Friday or Monday

MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) — After a five-day stint in jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis will return to work as soon as Friday to face another day of reckoning.

El Paso students named National Merit semifinalists
Seven El Paso students have been named National Merit Scholarship semifinalists.
DEA: Three Mexican drug cartels operate in El Paso region
At least three distinct Mexican drug cartels have operations with ties in El Paso, according to a recent Drug Enforcement Administration report.
Rev. Morris to speak at Foundation of Faith Dinner
The Rev. Jonathan Morris, a news commentator and director of the Catholic Channel on Sirius XM radio, will be the keynote speaker at the 9th Annual Foundation of Faith Dinner on Sept.
Illegal dumping fines in El Paso rise to $4,000
Residents caught illegally tossing trash will now face up to $4,000 in fines — twice the previous amount.
El Paso police search for missing Irvin High student
The El Paso Police Department on Tuesday night issued an alert for a missing 15-year-old girl who may be in danger.
Judge: Children's Hospital to pay UMC $2.3M rent

A federal bankruptcy judge Tuesday ordered El Paso Children's Hospital to pay University Medical Center of El Paso $2.3 million in rent from the day it filed for bankruptcy protection through September.

El Paso Chihuahuas take on Fresno Wednesday night in game 1

El Paso's Chihuahuas will make their first Pacific Coast League playoff appearance Wednesday night, taking on the Fresno Grizzlies at 8 p.m. MDT in Fresno, Calif.

Trout puts on a Hollywood show, wins by TKO in 6
Austin Trout needed an impressive win on Tuesday night's step toward regaining his world championship.
School districts may fight El Paso Electric rate increase
Local school districts are considering uniting to challenge a proposed El Paso Electric rate increase, which could cost the districts millions.
El Paso police make 37 DWI arrests
El Paso police made 37 driving-while-intoxicated arrests during the Labor Day holiday weekend, a police spokesman said Tuesday.
Editorial: Chihuahuas bring playoffs to El Paso

In only their second year of existence, the El Paso Chihuahuas begin play today in the Pacific Coast League playoffs. It's a great bonus for the players, coaches, staff — and fans.

KFOX14 El Paso - Links Mentioned Get the latest web resources mentioned on KFOX14 News!