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Homeless Veterans

Participant Eligibility

Each participant household's file must include documentation verifying that the participant meets SSVF Program eligibility requirements and specifies the participant's category of "occupying permanent housing." Grantees with insufficient case file documentation may be found out of compliance with SSVF Program regulations during a VA monitoring visit. Grantees must develop policies and procedures that ensure appropriate documentation is obtained and included in participants' files. VA encourages grantees to use the Program Guide to help them ensure appropriate and sufficient information is collected, documented, and maintained in participant case files to document program compliance.


Veteran Status
  • SQUARES Overview
  • SQUARES Orientation (pdf version)
  • SQUARES Orientation (audio)
    SQUARES gives users the ability to identify if someone is a Veteran, an essential first step that can lead to housing, benefits, health and mental health services. While SQUARES, by itself, cannot be used to establish eligibility for VA services, it should help facilitate access and coordination of services. To use SQUARES, you must register through the HMIS Homeless Repository database. Instructions on how to register and use SQUARES can be found in the training below.

  • Need Help with SQUARES?

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    VA Health Resource Center Help Desk
    Phone: 1-800-983-0935
    Hours: 7 AM - 5 PM (CST), Monday - Friday

Income
  • Income Eligibility Calculator for HUD Subsidy Program is a simple, online tool that is designed to assist households that are considering applying for federally funded subsidized housing of any kind. Although limited to only a subset of HUD programs, this calculator can be used to begin exploring the eligibility process of applying broadly to subsidized housing opportunities.
  • Area Median Income Calculator is an online searchable tool that provides current income limits for both the 50 percent and 30 percent area median income (AMI) standard. Use this tool during the SSVF admissions process to ensure applicants meet income eligibility that is set for your SSVF program.
Housing Status (Category 1,2,3)
Homeless Prevention Screening and Targeting