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Homeless Veterans

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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 Robert A. McDonald has Announced the Availability of $93 Million in Grants for Non-Profit Organizations that Serve Very Low-Income Veterans and their Families

SSVF Announcement Materials

SSVF Application Materials

SSVF NOFA Training Materials

 

SSVF Proposed Rule - Published May 9, 2014

The VA proposes to amend its regulations concerning the SSVF Program.  The proposed changes would clarify that grantees must focus on providing permanent housing to eligible Veteran families who, without SSVF assistance, would likely be homeless.  For more information, click the link provided above. Comments must be received by VA on or before June 23, 2014.

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

Volunteers of America of Greater New Orleans Helps a Veteran Get Back on His Feet

Veteran and his Case Manager

Mr. F is a 58 year old homeless Veteran that fell on hard times.  Mr. F came to Volunteers of America (VOA) in July 2014 from the Veterans Affairs (VA) outreach team seeking assistance with normalcy with a Housing First approach.  Mr. F was married for 19 years until he lost his wife in 2012.  He said at that point his life started to spiral out of control.  Whenever he would speak of his wife he would start to cry.  He would say, "I know that my wife loved me because nobody else would have put up with a drug user.  They would have put me out on the streets."

Mr. F suffers from many illnesses as well as addiction, but has aways remained aware of what life had to offer. Sometimes Mr. F would become so overwhelmed with frustration knonwing he lacked his ultimate goal in life, which was permanent housing.  When speaking to Mr. F, he would get very aggravated and upset with thoughts that the system (VOA and VA) were failing him or they were not moving as fast as he thought they should.  The Case Manager at VOA, Ms. Jackie, ensured services would be provided to assist with his placement into permanent housing and help him get back on his feet.  Mr. F's usual response was "You are right, Ms. Jackie, because getting upset isn't hurting no one but myself and I should not be putting that kind of pressure on you, because you're only trying to help me.  I'm sorry."

Ms. Jackie assisted Mr. F from beginning to end.  Temporary placement was provided to help transition Mr. F until a more stable environment was located.  On August 29, 2014, Mr. F viewed an apartment, signed his lease, received his keys, and became officially housed - all on one day. 

 

 

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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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