Attention A T users. To access the menus on this page please perform the following steps. 1. Please switch auto forms mode to off. 2. Hit enter to expand a main menu option (Health, Benefits, etc). 3. To enter and activate the submenu links, hit the down arrow. You will now be able to tab or arrow up or down through the submenu options to access/activate the submenu links.
Attention A T users. To access the combo box on this page please perform the following steps. 1. Press the alt key and then the down arrow. 2. Use the up and down arrows to navigate this combo box. 3. Press enter on the item you wish to view. This will take you to the page listed.
help for homeless veterans

Stay Connected with the VHA Homeless Programs Office

Sign up for email updates.

Contact the Homeless Veterans Outreach
Veterans Crisis Line Badge

VA Homeless Programs


Supportive Service for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program


Supportive Service for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program

SSVF Suportive Services for Veteran FamiliesThe SSVF Program provides supportive services to very low-income Veteran families in, or transitioning to, permanent housing. Funds are granted to private non-profit organizations and consumer cooperatives that assist very low-income Veteran families by providing a range of supportive services designed to promote housing stability.

VHA Directive 1162.07


VHA Directive 1162.07: Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program


Temporary Financial Assistance Decreased Health Care Costs For Veterans Experiencing Housing Instability. Nelson RE, Montgomery AE, Suo Y, Cook J, Pettey W, Gundlapalli A, Greene T, Evans W, Gelberg L, Kertesz SG, Tsai J, Byrne TH. Health Aff (Millwood). 2021 May;40(5):820-828. doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.2020.01796

National Utilization Patterns of Veterans Affairs Homelessness Programs in the Era of Housing First. Tsai J, Byrne TH. Psychiatr Serv. 2019 Apr 1;70(4):309-315. doi: 10.1176/ Epub 2019 Jan 17.

Understanding Wait Times in Rapid Re-Housing Among Homeless Youth: A Competing Risk Survival Analysis. Hsu HT, Rice E, Wilson J, Semborski S, Vayanos P, Morton M., J Prim Prev. 2019 Oct;40(5):529-544. doi: 10.1007/s10935-019-00562-3.

A Randomized Controlled Trial of a Rapid Re-housing Intervention for Homeless Persons Living with HIV/AIDS: Impact on Housing and HIV Medical Outcomes. Towe VL, Wiewel EW, Zhong Y, Linnemayr S, Johnson R, Rojas J., AIDS Behav. 2019 Sep;23(9):2315-2325. doi: 10.1007/s10461-019-02461-4.

Housing Interventions and the Chronic and Acute Risks of Family Homelessness: Experimental Evidence for Education. Cutuli JJ, Herbers JE., Child Dev. 2019 Sep;90(5):1664-1683. doi: 10.1111/cdev.13041. Epub 2018 Feb 21.

National Utilization Patterns of Veterans Affairs Homelessness Programs in the Era of Housing First.
Tsai J, Byrne TH., Psychiatr Serv. 2019 Apr 1;70(4):309-315. doi: 10.1176/ Epub 2019 Jan 17.

Permanent Housing Placement and Reentry to Services Among Family Recipients of Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP) Assistance. Vaclavik D, Brown M, Adenuga P, Scartozzi S, Watson DP., J Prim Prev. 2018 Dec;39(6):591-609. doi: 10.1007/s10935-018-0529-4

Housing status among single adults following Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Program participation in Indianapolis. Brown M, Klebek L, Chodzen G, Scartozzi S, Cummings C, Raskind A., Eval Program Plann. 2018 Aug;69:92-98. doi: 10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2018.04.015. Epub 2018 Apr 30.

The impact of Rapid-re-housing on Homelessness (2018)

Understanding Rapid Re-housing Systematic Review of Rapid Re-housing Outcomes Literature: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, July 2018

Can Housing and Service Interventions Reduce Family Separations for Families Who Experience Homelessness? Shinn M, Brown SR, Gubits D., Am J Community Psychol. 2017 Sep;60(1-2):79-90. doi: 10.1002/ajcp.12111. Epub 2016 Dec 24.

Predictors of homeless services re-entry within a sample of adults receiving Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP) assistance. Brown M, Vaclavik D, Watson DP, Wilka E., Psychol Serv. 2017 May;14(2):129-140. doi: 10.1037/ser0000112.

Homelessness Interventions in Georgia: Rapid Re-Housing, Transitional Housing, and the Likelihood of Returning to Shelter, Housing Policy Debate, Jason M. Rodriguez & Tessa A. Eidelman (2017)

Development and validation of an instrument to assess imminent risk of homelessness among veterans. Montgomery AE, Fargo JD, Kane V, Culhane DP., Public Health Rep. 2014 Sep-Oct;129(5):428-36.

Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital – Implementing Diversion in VA Homeless Programs (PDF) – May 22, 2019

Rapid Re-Housing Successes. National Alliance to End Homelessness.
This interactive mapping tool highlights areas in which communities were able to successfully place families in permanent housing at encouraging levels. The map describes the number of families affected, the average cost of assistance, and the positive results stemming from that assistance.

SSVF Program: Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Best Practice Standards: Practice standards developed by Abt Associates and the Technical Assistance Collaboration under contract with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that reflect a growing consensus about what works in homelessness prevention and rapid re-housing programs. April 2013

2008: Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF): Established by the Veterans Mental Health and other Care Improvements Act, 38 U.S.C. 101, PL. 110-387

The authority for administration, monitoring, and oversight of the SSVF Program is title 38 United States Code (U.S.C.) 2044 and its implementing regulations.


For more information on the SSVF program contact John Kuhn at

External Link Disclaimer: This page contains links that will take you outside of the Department of Veterans Affairs website. VA does not endorse and is not responsible for the content of the linked websites.

*To search the entire site, please use the search bar in the upper right corner of the webpage