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NCHAV - Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF)


NCHAV - Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF)


The Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program was established in 2011 to rapidly re-house homeless Veteran families and prevent homelessness for those at imminent risk due to a housing crisis. Through a competitive application, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) makes grants to private non-profit organizations and consumer cooperatives to provide eligible Veteran families with outreach, case management, and assistance in obtaining VA and other mainstream benefits that promote housing stability and community integration. It is the first homelessness prevention and rapid re-housing program administered by VA and the first homeless program designed to serve Veterans with families. Services include outreach, case management, assistance in obtaining VA benefits, and help in accessing and coordinating other public benefits. SSVF grantees can also make time-limited temporary payments on behalf of Veterans to cover rent, utilities, security deposits and moving costs.

Goals & Objectives

  • Community outreach and identification of those who are homeless or at imminent risk of homeless.
  • Rapidly re-house homeless Veteran families in safe, affordable permanent housing.
  • Resolve housing crises for those at imminent risk of homelessness.
  • Increase income of participants through employment and access to benefits, so they can maintain their housing once the immediate crisis has passed.
  • Help participants resolve barriers to housing placement and retention, addressing needs involving legal, health, transportation, child care, or other concerns that contribute to housing instability.


In FY 2014 the SSVF program awarded $507 million in grants allowing SSVF to expand from 319 community agencies to 383 community agencies that serves all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia, Guam, and the Virgin Islands.

Through August 2014, SSVF assisted a total of 115,659 individuals exceeding the annual projection of 115,000 for all of FY 2014.

  • SSVF has created a significant impact on Veteran families with 25,526 children assisted so far in FY 2014.
  • Of 73,097 Veteran participants, 10,667, or 15 percent, are women. 7,826 Veteran participants are OEF/OIF/OND (11 percent of Veterans served).

2014, 81.4 percent of those discharged (54,392 of 66,792) from the SSVF program through August 2013 have obtained permanent housing including 24,532 formerly homeless and 30,142 at-risk participants. An additional 11 percent (7,394 participants) left the streets and are now in a temporary or Held monthly technical assistance calls with all grantees, providing training on best and promising practices in rapid re-housing and prevention.

Contact: John Kuhn, MSW, MPH /

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