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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 2014 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.
Announcement from the Secretary
Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald announced the award of $300 million in grants that will help approximately 115,000 homeless and at-risk Veterans and their families.
** Please note that the list above contains Priority 2 renewal grants along with some Priority 3 funding for new grantees. The VA anticipates it will soon announce additional Priority 1 (3-year non-renewable grants) funding decisions, as well as additional Priority 3 awards, once the FY 2015 budget is finalized.
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:
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
SSVF Success Stories
Licking County CoalitionCoalition forHelps a Veteran Get Back on His Feet Again
Keith was referred to the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program after contacting Licking County Veterans Service Commission (VSC) in December 2013.
In 2004, Keith suffered a work-related injury which resulted in the loss of his job of 20 years. He continued to work independently over the next several years, but in 2011, things changed. Keith's drivers license was suspended due to non-payment of child support. He was not able to keep up support payments since losing his job. This resulted in him eventually losing his tools and his vehicle, and then, his self-employment. Keith found himself facing homelessness for the first time in his life.
Keith shares, "I've always worked hard; when I was laid up, that about killed me. I met a farmer with 200 acres whom I'd previously known from hunting and camping. For about 3 years, I lived on his farm in exchange for helping him out with farm chores. During the warm weather, I would just pitch the tent outside. This past winter, I decided I couldn't continue to live this way - I was staying in a barn with a tent set up inside and a kerosene heater, and the cold snaps we experienced this past year were pretty extreme."
In November 2013, a friend referred Keith to the VSC in Licking County. Keith remembers Dawn Wells, Service Officer, saying to him, "What are you waiting on? Get in here, so we can see what you qualify for!" Keith found a ride to the office, and Dawn immediately connected him with Veteran medical benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and referred him to Licking County Coalition for Housing (LCCH) for assistance with housing placement.
On January 22, 2014, Keith met with a SSVF case manager from LCCH. Keith was found eligible the day of application and was immediately enrolled in the SSVF Program. His case manager assisted him with a housing search and within two weeks he was signing a lease for a 1 bedroom apartment. As of May 2014, Keith remains in his apartment and has recently started full-time employment with a local golf course. Additionally, he is working with Southeast Ohio Legal Services to reinstate his drivers license.
Keith says he was surprised at how caring and supportive the VA, the VSC and the LCCH have been. "I didn't expect the help to happen the way it did. All of you have given me a new lease on life, when before I felt I was done and giving up. I kept praying every night that things would get better, and they did. I still have faith in God. Sometimes, I don't think it has totally sunk in that I have my own place and there are all these places helping me to get back on my feet."
For further information about the SSVF Program please email SSVF@va.gov or call (toll-free) at 1-877-737-0111.