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U.S.VETS – Washington D.C. has provided permanent housing to veterans since 2003, serving 34 veterans daily.  The organization also provides employment assistance, as well as housing support to veterans and their families.

In May 2013, U.S.VETS – Washington D.C. broke ground on a new facility in Southeast D.C. that will house 85 veterans.

  • New Services for Washington D.C. Veteran Families

    In October 2013, through a grant from the Department of Veterans Affairs, U.S.VETS – Washington D.C. launched its Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program which focuses on ending and preventing homelessness. The program is designed to rapidly re-house homeless veterans and their families, or to assist them in maintaining their permanent housing. Case management and supportive services are offered to veterans living in the community. Some emergency funding (rental assistance, utility assistance, moving expenses, etc.) can also be provided to participants to help them in a housing stability plan. The program will serve veteran households throughout the District of Columbia, as well as select counties of Maryland and Virginia. Our D.C. team has expanded by the addition of 10 staff members to operate the SSVF program. With the launch of this new program for veteran families, our organization opened a new office in the heart of Downtown D.C. The new office is located at 1 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Suite #310 in the National Guard Memorial Building – just a block away from Union Station and minutes from the U.S. Capitol Building. An Open House Reception of the new location will take place on Thursday, December 12, 2013 from 11 am – 2 pm. RSVP by December 10 to dcinfo@usvetsinc.org

  • U.S.VETS Receives $7M in Grants to Help Veteran Families

    The Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program provides support to low-income veteran families who are seeking safe and affordable housing. SSVF is a grant program provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs and is administered by U.S.VETS and other agencies nationwide. This program helps veteran families in need by providing outreach, case management, and assistance in obtaining VA and other benefits. Temporary financial assistance may also be available to help these families pay for rent utilities, child care, transportation, and emergency supplies. SSVF aims to both help veteran families who are already homeless, and to prevent at-risk families from becoming homeless. The program helps families who: • Already reside in permanent housing, and are at risk of losing their home • Are homeless and are transitioning to permanent housing • Are seeking to transition from a permanent housing program to other housing Recently, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki announced that the VA had awarded nearly $300 million in SSVF grants to over 300 veteran service agencies – including over $7 million to U.S.VETS sites across the country. These grants will help approximately 120,000 homeless and at-risk Veterans and their families. Last year, VA awarded $100 million in SSVF grants, which helped about 50,000 veterans and their families. The following locations received SSVF grants, and will be implementing or expanding the SSVF program to serve veteran families in their communities: Phoenix Los Angeles Inland Empire Hawaii Las Vegas Houston Washington D.C.

  • New U.S.VETS Facility in Our Nation’s Capital

    On May 31, 2013, U.S.VETS broke ground on a new facility in Washington D.C. that will provide 85 beds to homeless veterans in our nation’s capital. On any given night, there are over 500 homeless veterans sleeping on the streets in Washington, D.C., and there simply aren’t enough resources to help them regain self-sufficiency. The new U.S.VETS facility will operate the largest program of its kind for homeless veterans in the area. Renovations of the new facility located on Wayne Place in Southeast DC are scheduled to begin this month and occupancy will begin in Spring 2014. For Chief Operations Officer Darryl Vincent, the new facility has special significance. “I grew up ten minutes away from this new U.S.VETS location,” he says. “I went to high school here. It’s very meaningful to me to be able to bring services to veterans in the neighborhood where I grew up, to build a program in a community which I am very close to. It’s all come full circle for me.” Little did Darryl know just how complete that circle would be. At the groundbreaking event, Darryl was surprised to run into an old friend he hadn’t seen for 26 years: Colonel Anthony Henderson, who came to the groundbreaking to represent the Office of Warrior and Family Support. The two had met in college, and were both enrolled in the Navy ROTC program. “We were both from the D.C. area, so when we met we became friends,” Darryl says. When Darryl left college […]

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