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:
- Los Angeles
- Inland Empire
- Las Vegas
- Washington D.C.