On September 30, 2014 the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced a second round of grants awarded to the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program. Back in August, grants totaling $300 million were awarded which are expected to assist 115,000 veterans and military families. This new round of grants totals $207 million and is expected to assist another 70,000 at-risk veterans and their families.
The SSVF grants will be distributed to 82 non-profit veteran support agencies and also provide “surge” funding to 56 high-need communities with large populations of at-risk or homeless veterans. The organizations that benefit from the SSVF grants are community outreach programs that help provide services and resources to low-income veterans and their families. The goal of these organizations is to assist veterans and families with transitioning from homelessness or temporary housing to permanent residences.
The VA and SSVF are working to meet President Obama’s 2009 goal to end veteran homelessness by 2015. Estimated veteran homelessness has declined by about 33 percent since 2010. Point-in-time estimates for 2013 revealed that there were approximately 57,849 homeless veterans on a single night in January. Programs like the SSVF are directly focused on reducing this number to zero by the end of the next year.
Disabling health conditions are one of the major reasons veterans face homelessness and financial difficulties. Many common veteran disabilities such as PTSD, amputations, and TBIs make it extremely difficult or even impossible to find and continue gainful employment. When this happens, disabled veterans should be able to collect veterans’ disability benefits to which they are entitled.
The Law Offices of Veterans Help Group is committed to helping veterans with their disability claims and appeals so they can obtain the benefits to which they are entitled. Contact our veterans’ disability rights firm today to inquire about your eligibility for veterans’ disability benefits – 1-855-855-8992.