On August 11, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it would be awarding $300 in grants to community agencies across the country to use for veteran homelessness programs.
The Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program
The VA homelessness program, Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF), provides services to homeless and at-risk and very low-income (defined as making less than 50 percent of the median income for the area) veterans and their families transitioning to permanent housing.
The SSVF, now in its fourth year of operation, will be distributing the grants to private non-profit organizations and consumer cooperatives in all 50 states, as well as District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.
These new grants help approximately 115,000 homeless and at-risk veterans, the VA speculates. “The work of SSVF grantees has already helped thousands of homeless Veterans and their families find homes and thousands more have been able to stay in their own homes,” explains Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald.
Some of the services offered for veterans and their family members at the community agencies are listed below.
- outreach programs.
- case management assistance.
- help receiving other types of public benefits.
- health care services.
- financial planning.
- transportation services.
- assistance with child care services.
- housing counseling.
- temporary assistance paying for rent, utilities.
- and, assistance paying for security deposits and moving costs.
Additional Help for Homeless and At-Risk Veterans
Additional information about VA programs for homeless and at-risk veterans and their families can be found homeless directory of the VA’s website. Resources include videos, brochures, a live chat, and links to information about the health care, job training, and mental health programs.
If you are a veteran and are having difficulties obtaining VA disability benefits, call the Law Offices of Veterans Help Group for help. Contact us today at 1-855-855-8992.