Charleston’s Crisis Ministries shelter has been awarded a $2 million grant to assist veterans and their families.

The award, from the Department of Veterans Affairs Supportive Services for Veterans Families program, allows the shelter to serve an additional 500 veterans and their families.

It will cover providing case management and supportive services to assist homeless veterans and those at-risk of losing their housing. The money can also go for assistance with rent and utilities.

“This is an affirmation of the work we do to help our veterans and their families,” Stacey Denaux, CEO of Crisis Ministries, said in a news release.

“Not only will this money help homeless veterans,” she added, “it will also save many veterans and their families from becoming homeless.”

In the past two years, Crisis Ministries has assisted 750 vets and their families with SSVF funding, according to the announcement.

The VA awarded a total of $300 million in grants to assist approximately 120,000 homeless and at-risk veterans and their families to 319 agencies in 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.