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Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program

Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program

If you are a Veteran in need of help, call 1-877-424-3838 (4AIDVET) or click on FY 2015 SSVF Providers.

This page is designed to provide information about the SSVF Program to Veterans, applicants, and interested stakeholders. On this page you will find the Final Rule, the most recent Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA), application templates, the SSVF Program Guide as well as a list of current SSVF Providers and other useful information.

If you are an SSVF Grantee, please view our SSVF University webpage for information pertaining to the development and implementation of your program.

 

 Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald announces the award of nearly $93 million in grants!

                                

About the SSVF Program:

Under the SSVF program, VA awards grants to private non-profit organizations and consumer cooperatives who can provide supportive services to very low-income Veteran families living in or transitioning to permanent housing.

Grantees provide eligible Veteran families with outreach, case management, and assistance in obtaining VA and other benefits, which may include:

Health care services

Daily living services

Personal financial planning services

Transportation services

Fiduciary and payee services

Legal services

Child care services

Housing counseling services

In addition, grantees may also provide time-limited payments to third parties (e.g., landlords, utility companies, moving companies, and licensed child care providers) if these payments help Veteran families stay in or acquire permanent housing on a sustainable basis.

Important Program Information

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SSVF Success Stories

 

Collaboration between SSVF Grantee and HUD-VASH Helps Local Veteran

Robert contacted Licking County Coalition for Housing's Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program after a family member   referred him.  A 75 year old Army Veteran, he was facing eviction from an apartment he rented with assistance from a local housing program.  In addition to some medical problems, Robert had other challenges which made it difficult for him to maintain housing on his own or to complete the work required to vacate the apartment.  This, coupled with the bitter cold of January, created an urgent need for Robert to be sheltered and stably housed as quickly as possible.

After meeting with Robert and completing the SSVF Intake, his Case Manager talked with him about going to the emergency shelter.  He was able to stay at the shelter.  After completing a Housing Stability Plan and reviewing his options, Robert's Case Manager referred him to the VA HUD-VASH program.  Since Robert had previously had a local housing authority voucher, it was not clear if he would be eligible for the program.  He was!  Within 1 week, Robert was approved for the HUD-VASH program and assigned a VA Social Worker.  WIth the support of SSVF and HUD-VASH, Robert had his new housing voucher within 2 weeks.

"The most difficult thing about losing my housing was having to cope with moving.  It was a big slam.  I felt like I was being denied service for housing help and going to the shelter meant I had to forfeit much that I owned, like furniture," says Robert.  "Going to the shelter, having a roof over my head and people to talk to who were nice allowed me to learn to live with the good and bad through this experience."

 

In February, Robert signed the lease for his new apartment.  SSVF paid his deposit and first month of rent.  Then the HUD-VASH voucher took effect.  SSVF also connected Robert with VA Health Care, Legal Services, and local Veteran benefit services.  Robert will continue to receive case management indefinitely through the HUD-VASH program to provide resources as needed to maintain housing.

Robert reports, "Life has really changed for me since moving to my new apartment.  I sleep well now and am not getting up 2 or 3 times a night.  I really like my new place."  Robert likes to birdwatch and looks forward to getting a bird feeder so he can admire them through his living room window.

 

 

 

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Contact Information

For further information about the SSVF Program please email SSVF@va.gov or call (toll-free) at 1-877-737-0111.

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