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

Witness: Space tourism rocket explodes in desert
MOJAVE, Calif. (AP) - Virgin Galactic reported that its SpaceShipTwo space tourism rocket has been lost in Southern California and the status of the pilots is unclear.
Moe's Restaurant to close after 60 years of feeding El Pasoans
Moe's Restaurant — which is about to serve its last plate of molé — has always been a place where customers feel at home.
›› Photos: Moe's Restaurant closes after 60 years
UTEP Football: UTEP punter named as nominee for prestigious national award
UTEP sophomore punter Mike Ruggles has been named as a nominee for the prestigious Ray Guy Award, officials announced today.
$2.25M deal reached in hot NYC jail cell death
NEW YORK (AP) - The city has reached a $2.25 million settlement with the family of a mentally ill, homeless former U.
Border Network for Human Rights to hold candlelight vigil Saturday
Community members will participate in a procession Saturday to commemorate migrants who have died crossing the US-Mexico border.
Rhythm of 'Life' : Diego Luna celebrates Mexican culture in new animated movie
The world is vibrant, adventurous and magical in the new animated feature film "The Book of Life." It is a movie that is highlighted by the wonderful, colorful celebration of Mexican culture and its
Gateway Boulevard West closed on Saturday due to the Operational Improvement Project
Gateway Boulevard West will be closed Saturday between the Lomaland Drive entrance ramp and the Yarbrough Drive exit ramp, officials said.
Police arrest El Paso man wanted on child sexual assault charges
A suspected child molester who allegedly used his cellphone to film the abuse of a 7-year-old girl is in police custody, police said this morning.
Liberia opens 1 of largest Ebola treatment centers
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) - Liberia's president opened one of the country's largest Ebola treatment centers in Monrovia on Friday, remembering the days when "the dying, the sick, the dead who could not
Court order temporarily restricts nurse's movement
FORT KENT, Maine (AP) - Maine health officials have asked a court to limit the movements of nurse Kaci Hickox, who defied a voluntary quarantine for medical workers who have treated Ebola patients.
Paisanos prepare to head home, Juarez ready to lodge them
JUÁREZ >> More than 120,000 "paisanos," or Mexican citizens living in the U.S., are expected to return to Mexico for the holidays through Juárez — a city that is ready to welcome and lodge them.
TxDOT approved credits that will allow the purchase of buses for elderly, disabled
Project Amistad and Socorro will be able to purchase buses for the elderly and programs for the disabled with transportation credits approved Thursday by the Texas Department of Transportation Commission.
Traffic update: Accident reported at 7100 Gran Via Drive/Dead end.
Accident reported at 7100 Gran Via Drive/Dead end.
El Paso County Commissioners to negotiate with Texas company for jail-cost study
The El Paso County Commissioners Court is negotiating how much to pay a Texas firm to study whether it's cheaper to remodel or replace the Downtown jail.
High school football: Eastlake too much for Riverside in District 2-5A showdown
During their six-game winning streak, the Eastlake Falcons have found different ways of finding success.
›› Photos: El Paso-area high school football, week 10
advertisement
KFOX14 El Paso - Links Mentioned Get the latest web resources mentioned on KFOX14 News!
advertisement